They're right there on our chest—AA or DDD, perky or pendulous, nipples pale pink or dark brown—and yet most of us don't give our breasts much thought day to day. But we should. Here's what the look and feel of your dynamic duo can tell you about your health. No need to worry, though you might need to buy new bras. If you find your chest shrinking, you've likely either lost weight or your estrogen levels are falling, perhaps from going off the pill or impending menopause. If you're seeing shrinkage and none of those apply especially if you also have hair loss , acne, and facial hair , consider being tested for polycystic ovary syndrome PCOS , which is characterized by high levels of the hormones testosterone and DHEA.
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Paget's disease of the nipple is a rare form of breast cancer in which cancer cells collect in or around the nipple. The cancer usually affects the ducts of the nipple first small milk-carrying tubes , then spreads to the nipple surface and the areola the dark circle of skin around the nipple. The nipple and areola often become scaly, red, itchy, and irritated. The unusual changes in the nipple and areola are often the first indication that breast cancer is present. Doctors are not yet completely sure how Paget's disease develops. One possibility is that the cancer cells start growing inside the milk ducts within the breast and then make their way out to the nipple surface. This would appear to explain why so many people with Paget's disease of the nipple have a second area of cancer within the breast.
Pencil test (breasts)
Cancer screenings are important. In , The National Cancer Institute estimates there will be over 1. Of these new cases of cancer, the most common type of cancer on the list is breast cancer, with estimates of more than , new cases in the United States for
A pencil test is an informal test of breast development and the need to wear a bra conceived by Ann Landers. A pencil stick is placed in the inframammary fold , the point at which the underside of the breasts attach to the chest wall. If the pencil does not fall, the woman has "failed the pencil test" and needs to wear a bra.