Breasts are important physical characteristics of being a woman. They are so important that there are many women that go to great lengths to make sure their breasts are in good condition and if they are not the desirable size, an increase in breast size is usually a desire. So, when women develop problems with breasts it can really affect the way they see themselves. It is important to know what can cause damage or problems to the breasts if you want to keep them looking great and remaining healthy.
Breast augmentation can be very harmful for a woman’s breasts and overall well-being. Having a foreign object inside the body can be harmful without the assistance of a surgeon implanting it unnecessarily. Breast implants can have dangerous side effects such as leaking. They are also being implanted in girls that are not even finished growing now. This can be harmful to a young girl’s body later in life.
Caffeine intake has been known to cause fibrocystic breasts. This is when liquid filled cells (cysts) move freely about the breasts. They can be temporary or permanent. Pain and discomfort can remain throughout the breasts after they are gone. At times, the cysts are even known to become solid (fibroadenomas).
Coffee drinkers should be warned that drinking a large amount of coffee a day (2 to 3 cups) can cause breasts to actually shrink. Anyone who is simultaneously trying to enlarge the size of their breasts while drinking coffee should stop one or both as combined can cause severe health problems.
Breast lumps are one of women’s biggest fears. Although not all are cancerous, it is still important for a woman to be checked out by a professional is she notices a lump on her breasts. Sometimes lumps are only present because of hormonal changes especially in women under 30; however, it is still important to remain cautious.
Noncyclical breast pain is a pain not associated with hormones or early menstrual symptoms. This pain can occur in one or both breasts and is typically caused from something outside of the breast. Some of these are muscle or connective tissue strain, spinal conditions, and skin injuries. Sometimes it can also be caused by heartburn or other chest pains.
An underactive thyroid or pituitary growth has actually been known to cause nipple discharge in women who did not recently give birth. If it is hypothyroid, the problem is usually caused by medications that the woman is taking to treat the problem instead of the actual thyroid.
Genes are not always friendly to women. Breast cancer is a very common type of cancer that runs in families. If a woman’s mother or other women in her family had breast cancer, it is wise to have mammograms at an earlier age to be prepared. The genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 are passed down in families and associated with those who develop breast cancer.
Stress can lead to unnecessary breast tenderness. This is because when the body is under stress it produces cortisol or the stress hormone. If cortisol remains elevated to the point that the adrenal glands cannot keep up with the production, progesterone (one of the important female hormones) will be turned into cortisol. When this happens, there is a dominance of estrogen in the body (the other important female hormone). Estrogen then is what causes breast tenderness.
Exercising can cause problems to women’s breasts if they do not take appropriate precautions. For instance, it is important to always wear a sports bra when working out, running, or participating in sports. Breasts can become sore and even start to have increased elasticity if they are left to bounce freely too often.
Fats have become a recent concern in women’s diets. Researchers have begun to notice a difference in countries with higher and lower breast cancer rates. One of the biggest differences is that those with lower rates eat less animal fats. Japan, for example, has a considerably low breast cancer rate, and women in this country eat more vegetables and rice.
Whenever a woman notices something different about her breasts, it is not foolish to go to a doctor. Although it may not be breast cancer, there are still many other problems or breast diseases that it could be. Most likely her breasts are fine, but waiting around until the problem worsens is asking for trouble.