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A few interesting breast facts

Published on | Eric Brown

It’s true, they’re always hanging around and receive much more attention from the opposite sex than we care to think about. Truthfully, many women rarely give their breasts a second thought and may be surprised to hear about some of the facts below. Take a few minutes to take in some riveting information and get to know your breasts just a little bit better.

Did you know

They’re growing

As you get older your breasts become larger. In your twenties, they’re made up of mostly fat, collagen, and milk glands. As you age, the collage and milk glands are replaced by fat and the result is more shapeless, saggy breasts. If you’re thinking that you’re holding a ton of extra weight up there, you’re not. An average “A” cup weighs in at a quarter of a pound while a “D” cup is only about a pound.

Humans are unique

According to Florence Williams, author of Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, We’re the only mammals that develop breasts in puberty and have them remain permanently enlarged. Other species of primates only have breasts when necessary for lactation – and deflate after weaning.

Fake or not?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2012 286,000 women went under the knife for breast augmentation surgery — 7% down from 2011. Breast augmentation is still the most popular elective cosmetic surgical procedures, followed by nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction, and facelifts.

Men like them. Well, duh

According to Steven M. Platek’s research, men perform poorly on cognitive tests after viewing images of well-endowed women. Platek, a neuroscientist at Georgia Gwinnett College, believes that the men become so distracted by the images that they couldn’t focus on other tasks.

Getting burned beneath a swimsuit

Most swimsuit fabric only provides minimal protection from the sun — with an SPF of 5 to 7. Before heading out, protect your breasts from sunburn by using a minimum of an SPF 15 that includes UVA and UVB protection.

Susceptible to cancer

In 2008, more than 1.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer. According to Florence Williams, author of Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, that number is expected to increase by 26% by 2020. Why do breasts seem to attract cancer? Williams reports that there are three reasons cancer seems to thrive in our breasts:
1. They’re filled with hormones that can feed cancer cells
2. They’re dynamic organs that keep growing new cells throughout our lives.
3. The fatty tissue that makes up the majority of breasts in older women are a sanctuary for industrial chemicals.

Don’t smoke – for many reasons, this is just one

The chemicals in cigarettes have been proven to break down the body’s elastin. That means that smokers generally have saggier breasts than non-smokers. Cigarettes also decrease breasts’ skin quality.

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