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Breast Health3112011 - Breast Health What's in a breast...

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Unformatted text preview: Breast Health . What's in a breast? That depends on who's asking, says Marilyn Yalom, author of this scholarly, illustrated treatise on the breast in Western society….. "Babies see food. Men see sex. Doctors see disease. Businesspeople see dollar signs.“ The Social Context of Breasts As girls develop feel both pleased and awkward * We worry about size * Walk hunched over hoping no one notices * We may stuff tissues into training bras to look larger and wear tight clothes * Self image may become tied up with our own/others reactions Reactions confusing/contradictory for grown women and teenagers Breasts can be source of pleasure or can be embarrassed/inconvenienced Many develop fears..sagging with age to intense fear of disease/loss of breast Societal Reinforcement Positive and Negative feelings reinforced by societies obsession Provocative images everywhere..used to sell wide range of products Men may feel free to whistle/stare Lifelong concern with breast size/shape -makes it difficult to think of as functioning parts of body that need health care-makes breast problems particularly troubling Wide Range of Normal Size range: large, small, firm, saggy, lumpy Nipples: prominent or inverted Aerola: large, small, light dark, hairs, little bumps Individual differences and/or changes caused by age and menstrual cycle may produce needless anxiety Breast Changes Through The Life Cycle Dynamic organ change considerably over lifetime in response to changes in body’s hormone production Understanding changes help reassure Development begins at birth..6 th week of fetal development..milk ridge forms (axilla to the groin) In humans ridge disappears except for portion on chest that will form a pair of breasts In other mammals doesn’t disappear and forms multiple pairs At birth, breast mostly fatty tissue, a bit of glandular (duct) tissue underlying nipples and often secret milky discharge for a few days Not much change til puberty Once ovaries start producing estrogen (1-2 years before menarche) growth begins...
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2011 for the course HLTH 471 taught by Professor Carolynvoorhees during the Spring '11 term at Maryland.

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Breast Health3112011 - Breast Health What's in a breast...

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