I started doing breast exams when i started my period. It's a ritual now ... usually at the end of my period after i have a shower i'll poke around in front of a mirror.
My cousin from Nfld. came to visit us for a few weeks this summer and she's sexually active and all but has the same knowledge about her body and sex as a doorknob ... So me being the older cousin (hehe) had to show her and talk to her about stuff (the masturbation topic was rather interesting ... lol) One day we all got in out bras (i know you're not supposed to do them in bras, i told her that too) and my sis, my cousin and i did our breast exam. It was sooooo weird doing that in front of someone else. My mom showed me once and that was the end of it. I guess this all goes back to sex ed in the home and schools ... ??? Just a thought
I'm 19, and I've been doing my self breast exams for about 2 years now. Some people say that it doesn't really help cause you'll get confident that nothing is wrong, and something might be wrong that you just didn't notice. I think it's a good thing though, cause if nothing else, it makes you more familiar with your body, so you're more likely to notice something wrong.
I did read an article the other day about a 20 year old woman who had one of those genetic tests done that showed she was high risk for breast cancer and she decided to have a double mastectomy even though she was perfectly healthy at the time. I'm not sure I could do something like that if nothing was wrong with me...I'm rather attached to my breasts personally. What do you all think about having a radical proceedure like that simply as prevention of a possible later problem?
------------------ "If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile." ~Lynda Barry
well, it's most likely that women over the age of 35 can get breast cancer, but that still doesn't exclude women as young as 13, or men for that matter! that's right, men can get breast cancer, too, and often, they're afraid to report it because it's perceived as only women get it.
on that note, guys should also be checking their nuts for any unsual growth as well, since guys ages 16 to 35 are most likely to get testicular cancer.
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