October is national breast cancer awareness month. Most of the following information is found on the Susan Koman foundation website.
Age, high breast density, family history, older age of first childbirth/menopause, hyperplasia of breast, high igf-1 hormone levels, ashkenazi jewish heritage, menopausal hormone therapy, birth control pill use, high prolactin and blood estrogen levels, smoking, weight gain, brca1 or brac2 gene mutation.
Heavier weight before menopause, breastfed children, carotenoid intake, exercise after menopause, fruits and veggies in diet.
- Change in the look or feel of the breast (ie, lumps, thickening of tissue, swelling, redness, change in size or shape, dimpling or puckering of the skin, itchy or scaly sore on breast)
- Change in the look or feel of the nipple
- Nipple discharge
Aside from breast cancer, I have treated a lot of women over the years with excruciating back pain due to large breasts or breasts that are too large for their frame. This occurs over a long period of time. Keeping your middle back strong and stretched, being fastidious about posture and getting regular chiropractic adjustments are keys to minimizing the pain. Also, bras are very important for helping your posture and mimizing the pressure on the shoulders and upper back from the weight-bearing on the front side. It’s important to get properly measured and use bras that have wider straps for better support and fit. For those who wish to seek a breast reduction, it’s necessary to keep a log/diary of pain related issues. You have to make a paper trail which is consistent and you need to have regular chiropractic and medical care showing you’ve sought treatment, therapy and care before most insurance companies will pay for the procedure.Strengthening the middle and upper back: Planks, rows, pushups, lat pull downs, wood chop, handstands, shoulder press, bicep/tricep curls, shoulder shrugs.