Knowing Your Body pt 1: Knowing Your Breasts


It’s October, and this means an important conversation needs to be had. Sorry, no pumpkin or costume talk. You may have noticed that during October, there’s a lot of talk surrounding our breasts, and for good reason. October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while it’s rare for young girls under the age of 20 to concern themselves with a disease that mostly affects women over the age of 40, many young girls lack education on breast health. We at the Pretty 2 Me Foundation are tireless advocates of self-love and self-care, and we want to ensure that girls equate loving their bodies with being knowledgeable. It is important for young girls to become familiar with their breasts as their bodies change and develop, and to equip girls with facts about breast cancer and breast health, while eradicating the myths.

Breast Development

While breast cancer is extremely rare in teens/young women, it is still important to be knowledgeable about their breasts as their bodies go through changes. Young girls/teens may experience soreness and tenderness as their breasts develop, and may notice lumps in their breasts. Becoming familiar with your body and developing an early habit of learning how your breasts feel may help distinguish the difference between the lumps one would normally feel (e.g. cysts) and a lump associated with breast cancer.

Myths

Breast cancer doesn’t affect young women

While extremely rare, it is a fact that young women can and do get breast cancer. A small percentage, less than 4%, doesn’t equate to zero. All women should concern themselves with breast health.

Bras can cause breast cancer

No matter what you hear, wearing bras will not cause you to get cancer. Believe it or not, false information such as claims that the undergarment restricts the flow of lymph fluids in your breasts and possibly leading to cancer, was widespread enough in the media and online for researchers to conduct a 2014 study (found on breastcancer.org), resulting in the conclusion that there is no link to breast cancer a