Be aware of your own body by regular self examination. Know your family history and your overall general risk for breast cancer. If you are young and members of your close family have had breast and/or ovarian cancer, genetic testing to learn more about your own personal risk may be recommended. If you have painful breast nodules during menses, your doctor may recommend aspiration, analgesics, or other medication to control symptoms. Breast feeding your baby is advised by many experts. Resources are widely available for help, advice, and problem solving.
Breast cancer afflicts one of every nine to ten American women in their lifetime. Early detection is the most important correlate for surviving this disease. Upon reaching maturity, monthly breast self examination is advised. At the conclusion of your monthly menstrual flow, inspect your breasts in detail. Use both hands to carefully feel glandular elements within your breasts. Note change(s) from their normal look and feel. Screening mammograms are advised annually beginning at age 40 unless you are at higher than normal risk or have a positive finding on physical examination. Determine with your primary physician when to get a baseline mammogram. For women at lower risk of cancer, Dr. Laverson advises a baseline mammogram for women aged 38 and older before cosmetic breast surgery. Any abnormality on your own self exam, change in appearance of the breasts, skin or nipple dimpling, nipple drainage, new lump, mass, or density should be reported to your physician.
Millions of women each year choose to adjust their breast size, shape, and proportion by aesthetic surgery. For the woman whose breasts are too small, too large, mismatched, or lost to disease, resulting psychological devastation can be resolved and repaired by reconstructive or cosmetic breast surgery. Reconstructive plastic surgical procedures are performed to replace absent breast tissue, improve large size differences (asymmetry) between right and left breast, to reduce the size and weight of overgrown, heavy, burdensome breasts, and for other indications. Breast enlargement (augmentation with implants), breast lift, breast lift-augmentation, and reshaping tuberous breasts are considered cosmetic procedures. Minor breast lift, nipple eversion, nipple reduction, and/or areola reduction are cosmetic breast procedures that can be performed in the office under local anesthesia with minimal discomfort and quick recovery.