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8 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

 

Approximately one out of every eight women will develop invasive breast cancer during her life. While there is no way to completely eliminate your chances of getting cancer, there are some things women can do to decrease their risk:

1. Breastfeed.

We’ve all heard that “breast is best” for baby, but it has added benefits for mom as well. By breastfeeding your infant, you also decrease your risk for cancer.  See our wide range of breast pump accessories to help you in your breastfeeding journey.

 

2. Cut back on alcohol intake.

The American Cancer Society states that women who have two to five drink a day have 1.5 times the risk of developing breast cancer than women who don’t drink at all. Drinking can increase your chances of developing other cancers as well.

 

3. Increase your physical activity.

Evidence shows that regular, moderate exercise can decrease a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer by up to 18 percent.

 

4. Keep a healthy weight after menopause.

Prior to menopause, most of women’s estrogen comes from their ovaries, while a small amount comes from fat tissue. That ratio flips after menopause, enabling a higher concentration of fatty tissue can increase estrogen levels, further raising the risk of breast cancer. Being overweight can also add to insulin levels, which is linked to a higher risk of cancer.  

 

5. Don’t smoke.

There’s now evidence that smoking increases the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women.

 

6. Limit hormone therapy.

It’s common for women to receive hormone therapy in order to control the symptoms of menopause. However, higher doses over long periods of time can increase the risk of breast cancer. The Mayo Clinic recommends that women take the lowest dose possible and ask their doctor to monitor the length of time they are on hormone supplements.

 

7. Avoid radiation.

Computerized tomography and other medical-imaging methods use a large amount of radiation. There are some cases where it is vital to have these tests done, but if a woman is already at a high risk of developing breast cancer, she might want to ask her doctor about alternatives.

 

8. Eat a Mediterranean diet.

Healthy eating is good for you in general, and some of the foods found in Mediterranean diets is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. These include extra-virgin olive oil, fish and nuts.

 

While there is no sure-fire way to completely eliminate your risk, following these steps can possibly reduce your chances of developing this pervasive disease. We are here for you and all your medical needs.

Get Even With Your Bra

Regain Balance, Softness and Natural Contour When Experiencing Breast Asymmetry

A Simple Solution

If you’ve had breast conserving surgery or breast reconstruction—or if your bra doesn’t fit right for any reason—it’s time to get even.  The solution is partial symmetry enhancers designed specifically for women who experience breast unevenness naturally, or following breast conserving or reconstructive surgery.

If a woman has any asymmetry of her breasts, she will have difficulty finding a bra that fits.  More importantly, she often has a negative self-image, feels self-conscience about her appearance and compromises her choice of clothing to hide the unevenness of her breasts. Partial breast forms can solve that problem. Sometimes called symmetry enhancers, partial forms help women regain symmetry by filling in missing breast tissue. The forms fit inside any fashion bra, enabling women to wear, with confidence, the clothing styles they enjoy.

Partial symmetry enhancers are the perfect solution for the following situations:

  • To regain symmetry after breast conserving surgery
  • To balance naturally uneven breasts
  • When plastic surgery is not an option because of irradiated skin
  • To maintain balance during the reconstruction process
  • After reconstruction to adjust for weight gain or loss
  • To offset the imbalance that results from the natural aging process

A Better Fit Is Taking Shape

Partials are available in a multitude of sizes, shapes, contours and colors to supplement missing tissue and ensure a symmetrical, natural appearance. They are made of medical grade silicone that is soft and supple, warming to the same temperature of the body for a completely natural feel and look. They have thin, tapered edges to provide a smooth, invisible transition to the body.  Some models have a moldable back for a more contoured chest-hugging fit. Others are self-adhering for complete peace of mind.  And if the off-the-shelf models aren’t quite right, custom forms are available that are hand-sculpted and colorized to match your remaining breast as closely as possible.

Some partial breast forms are designed to cover the breast completely, adding even fullness over the entire breast area to hide any irregularities and restore a natural silhouette.  They are also used to soften and contour implants following breast reconstruction.  Others are shaped to fill in cavities, or hollow spots, sometimes created by a lumpectomy or segmental surgery.  All will feel completely natural, fill out bra cups evenly and help restore a balanced figure.

Partial forms simply slip into any fashion bra or specialty pocketed bra.  The results are immediate; creating a smooth look that allows women to wear sheer blouses and figure-hugging sweaters and dresses with complete confidence.

What Every Woman Needs To Know

There are many products available today that can help women restore the symmetry lost following breast conserving or reconstructive surgery and developmental anomalies, although most women are not aware that these specialty products exist and are easily available to them.  Unfortunately, they “make due” with padding and loose-fitting clothing.  What’s more, for women who have had surgery due to breast cancer, partial symmetry enhancers, breast forms and specialty apparel are covered by insurance.

Achieving breast symmetry is extremely important for a woman’s self-image and peace of mind.  Symmetry shapers are designed in a variety of shapes, sizes and thickness to provide optimal breast evenness and balance, so that every woman can feel self-assured in her clothing choices and when participating in everyday activities.  With just a little help, any woman can have the freedom to be herself.

Custom Breast Forms

Unique Solutions for Unique Women

Custom breast forms provide women with a personalized prosthesis to suit their distinct surgical site and lifestyle, which is exactly why many women choose them over other options.

According to American Breast Care, “prostheses come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and skin tones and are made from materials that are designed to move, feel and weigh as similar to a natural breast as possible. It’s important to choose a prosthesis that suits your lifestyle as much as possible. Even with all of this options, an off-the-shelf breast form may not suit your individual needs. Oftentimes, the sizes or shapes available in standard retail breast forms cannot address fitting complications posed by an uneven surgical site, especially with partial surgeries or physical conditions like lymphedema in the chest wall.

Blooberry.com notes that “a good custom breast form is tailored to your body contours, will most likely be made of silicone, and will replicate the weight, shape, color tone, texture and movement of natural breast tissue as closely as possible.” Additionally, the process of creating a custom breast form is much more involved than purchasing a pre-made form, therefore the custom form will be more expensive, but medical coverage may still be available.

Because Surgical Sites Are Not Equal

No two surgical sites are alike, especially with patients who have undergone a mastectomy. How much tissue is left following a mastectomy or lumpectomy can greatly affect how a standard form contours to the body and its ability to match the remaining breast. Surgical sites vary widely on a case-by-case basis, making the decision to get custom breast forms a very popular yet personal one among women, many of whom have surgical sites that are not easily accommodated by an off-the-shelf form, or those experiencing failed reconstructions. Sometimes, a surgical site can be sensitive to the touch—in this case, a form that is not specially fitted to the area can cause irritation and discomfort.

“The precise fit to the chest wall is probably the most important aspect of a custom breast form. The chest wall surface of someone requiring a custom breast form might be uneven due to the effects of a lumpectomy or multiple/radical surgeries. Some women’s chests may also be too sensitive from surgery or other causes to tolerate the significant friction that a standard form can generate on the chest. Having a form that matches your contours exactly distributes the weight of a form better than an off-the-shelf breast form and can be much more comfortable and lighter to wear,” according to Blooberry.com.

What to Expect at the Fitting Appointment

Pre-Scanning Consultation 

American Breast Care outlines the pre-scanning consultation process, personal scan session and personal fitting below: “Your fitter will discuss the benefits of a custom breast prosthesis to help you decide if it’s right for you. 

During your pre-scanning consultation, your fitter will present and review a set of realistic expectations, show you color options, discuss payment options, and explain the scanning process. This will help you better understand the entire process and ensure that your expectations will be met with your new form.

If you and your fitter decide a custom breast prosthesis is right for you, she will check the fit of your bra and breast form. She will look for specific bra and breast form fit characteristics to ensure your prosthesis will fit like a puzzle piece to your unique chest wall contours, and review color and nipple/areola options with you.

Once fully assessed and scanned, your fitter may want to keep the bra she fit you with until the date of your personal scan session.”

Personal Scan Session

“On the day of your personal scan session, wear a separate top and bottom. Your fitter will begin the session by fitting you in the bra in which you were fit during your pre-scanning consultation. She will also review the scan process and provide you with some simple instructions.

Next, she will apply a series of removable stickers to your torso and bra. She will then take a series of reference pictures and then scan your chest with a bra on, and off, using a state-of-the-art, iPad-based, 3D scanner. That’s it!

After your personal scan session, your scan files will be transmitted to the development team and the breast form designers will then use CAD-based, reverse engineering to create a custom breast prosthesis with accuracy and detail to your fit and color specifications.”

Personal Fitting

According to American Breast Care, “your fitter will contact you to set up a personal fitting appointment when she receives your custom breast prosthesis. She will fit the form against your chest wall, hugging the unique contours of your body. The consultant will also present and review the care instructions and warranty with you.

Your consultant will initially fit your prosthesis in the bra in which you were scanned. Moving forward, feel free to try different bras. You may find many different bra styles complement your new custom breast prosthesis!”

Comfort, Increased Feeling of Self-Esteem and Empowerment

Your journey to a fuller life begins with comfort and confidence. You are already beautiful, but sometimes the surgery following a breast cancer diagnosis can make you forget that. So it’s important to do whatever it takes to let you feel like you again. A custom breast form is lightweight and non-irritating to sensitive surgical sites. It also replicates the natural breast in color, contour and shape. This will give you the confidence and security you may need to get out there and live your life to the fullest. A custom breast form can help empower you to be you again!