Touch Those Boobs for Healthy Breasts

Updated on February 16, 2017
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Stacie is currently a law student in Seattle. She holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Seattle University.

Did You Know Breast Cancer is the Most Common Cancer in Women?

The key to successful prevention is early treatment. By giving yourself a breast exam each month, you will notice if there are any changes in your breasts. Experts recommend that women should start doing a breast self-examination (BSE) from the age of 20.

Women should give themselves a BSE at the same time every month:

  • Menstruating women should wait until menstruating is over, so the breasts are less tender.
  • Postmenopausal women simply need to perfrom the exam at same time each month.

Many breasts do have different kinds of "lumpy" or bumpy areas, so if a woman becomes familiar with these areas, she will become more aware when there is an unusual lumpy or bumpy area.

If you feel something unusual (even if you have only just begun giving yourself breast self exams), consult your doctor. When I first started performing monthly BSE's, I felt a lump in one of my breasts that convinced me I had a cancerous lump. It took me an entire year before I brought it up at my annual exam because I was scared. Unfortunately, if it had been cancerous, I would have wasted precious time. It turned out, fortunately, to be fibrous breast tissue. I learned what feels normal in my breasts, and no longer feel afraid to bring up any issues with my doctor.

Remember that not all tumors are cancerous. Most lumps found on breasts (80% of those biopsied) are non-cancerous.

A change in your breast does not necessarily mean cancer

Breast self-exams can help find cancerous lumps when they are still small enough to effectively treat. However, it is important to remember that self-exams alone won't be effective if you don't also consult with your physician and receive yearly clinical exams. Not all tumors can be detected in a BSE, but many can.

The more you touch those boobs, the more familiar you are with them. This means you will be more aware when there are unusual changes.

Breast cancer awareness begins with you.

What are the basic breast health steps?

Susan G. Komen for the Cure recommends the following screening guidelines:

  • Mammograms every year starting at age 40.
  • Women under 40 with a family history of breast cancer or other concerns should talk with a health care provider. Screening tests may be needed more often and/or started earlier.
  • Clinical breast exams by a health care provider at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year after 40.
  • Breast self-exams every month starting by age 20.

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      • CynthiaMHarris profile image

        Cynthia Harris 

        4 years ago from Northwest Louisiana

        I actually found my breast cancer lump by self examination. I am positive for the BRCA gene as well. My maternal great grandmother, my grandmother, my mother, and my sister all have battled breast cancer so early detection is the best prevention.

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        sadie 

        6 years ago

        ive done it but when i squeezed my nipple milk came out utters i sware but i don't have breast cancer

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        Temirah 

        7 years ago

        Great hub! More women need to know this stuff. Althought my dear friend who has a beautifully endowed chest always says 'Don't call them boobs: they're no mistake!'

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        Melanie Palen 

        8 years ago from Midwest USA

        Oh my god! I love the title! Risque! This is a VERY informative hub, thank you very much!

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        oktoral 

        8 years ago

        This topic is useful for women, still share..

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        PantiesRMe 

        8 years ago

        Very true.

        Those of us men who do have significant breast tissue (I wear a 38D or 40C bra depending on the style of the bra) need to follow the same monthly breast self exams women do and have our breasts, feminine or not, examined as part of our annual check-ups. My wife comments continuously about how big my breasts are and that they are bigger than hers...

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        Shin 

        8 years ago

        Hey there..

        i have a question..

        this morning, me and my boyfriend sleep together..

        and,when i wake up.. his touching my breast,when i check my breast its has been change to be tender..

        (i hate my boyfriend) :(

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        Rada 

        8 years ago

        Hey there..

        i have a question..

        this morning, me and my boyfriend sleep together..

        and,when i wake up.. his touching my breast,when i check my breast its has been change to be tender..

        (i hate my boyfriend) :(

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        jayakumar2898 

        8 years ago

        It is nice to read this post all about boob squeezing and it is necessary for the girls to read it.

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        PSChannel 

        8 years ago from TX, United States

        indeed informative.. thanks for sharing

        we should be aware on our breasts both men and women.

        very dangerous, so thanks a lot for giving some tips on how to prevent it

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        dcrisan 

        9 years ago from Maryland

        Good advice.

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        Fit Breast 

        9 years ago from Malaysia

        Thanks dear for the highlight!!! I really appreciate such informative articles as it comes in handy from time to time. However, the best way still comes from our healthy lifestyle, the food we take, how often we exercise and so forth...

        Thanks dear as it is a great hub!

        Fit Breast

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        eranahubs 

        9 years ago

        yah! that a great info .. i would remember it for my future gf ... if i get..

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        burn-calories 

        10 years ago

        Very important information

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        ForTheLove 

        11 years ago from Godforsaken, Iowa

        I can see why this hub is so popular! I thought HubPages removed adult content? HIDE THE CHILDREN!!

        Just teasing.. way to take the edge off a very serious topic

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        Compu-Smart 

        11 years ago from London UK

        After reading this article I now feel confident in checking for abnormalitys in breasts myself, as soon as I can get my hands on some!!!! ..Just kidding, Very usefull information Stacie.

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        Stacie Naczelnik 

        11 years ago from Seattle

        Hm...perhaps a "Squeeze Those Hanging Things for Healthy Hangers" hub is in order!

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        Stacie Naczelnik 

        11 years ago from Seattle

        Well, the title was supposed to be kind of funny. But, you are right, it is a serious subject. I guess we need to find a way to make "talking about it" a normal part of our lives--I like humor. I hope you stay healthy Angela.

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        Angela Harris 

        11 years ago from Around the USA

        Great hub with excellent information. Breast cancer is on both sides of my family, and has killed loved ones of mine.

        But I gotta say, your title is great. It made me laugh, even if it is a very serious subject.

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        Stacie Naczelnik 

        11 years ago from Seattle

        I almost put that as a tip in this hub: have your significant other touch those boobs too! Really, the more people familiar with how they normally feel, the better. Whenever I think I feel something odd, I have my husband check it out too.

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        Isabella Snow 

        11 years ago

        An important hub!

        I have always hated doing these. I dunno why, probably because Im always afraid Ill find something. So I usually have a bf do it for me...lol..they are usually more familiar with how my breasts feel than I am, anyway. ;-)

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        cgull8m 

        11 years ago from North Carolina

        Good Hub topic, I will pass this to my friends. I have also bookmarked it for reference. Well done.

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