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The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Taking Care of The Girls

Alright, Lazy Girls! October has rolled around once again and while we’re all stoked that it’s “Spooky Season,” it’s also important to remember that it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month! Unless there is a medical history of breast cancer in the family, women don’t start their annual mammograms until the age of 45. Therefore, it’s crucial that we know not only how to spot warning signs of breast cancer but simply how to take care of your lady bits in general.

So, for this Lazy Girl Guide we’re learning how to take care of our breasts!

1.)   Regular Self examination

I know what you’re thinking, “Not another thing to add to the list.” But listen, this is so easy. You don’t even have to leave your bed. Simply take a moment while you’re binging “The Office” for the 10,000th time and just go to town. You can look up easy to follow demonstrations online, but honestly you know your body the best. If you are regularly feeling the tissue around your chest to your armpits you’ll be able to recognize if something feels off.

2.)   Exercise

Don’t give up on me just yet. Studies show that exercise decreases estrogen and helps your immune system immensely. I’m not saying that you need to be getting your lift on every day at 6 a.m. either; 11 minutes of walking a day decreases your chances of having breast cancer by 18%, and everyone can get in 11 minutes of walking without even trying. Three to four hours a week can drop your chances by 40%.

3.)   Sunscreen and Moisturizer

The skin on our chest is very thin, so it’s super important to moisturize. Sunscreen is even more important especially in terms of decreasing risk for breast cancer. Both of these regimes help reproduce the collagen in our skin, which in turn prevents sagging. Two for the price of one, what more could we ask for?

4.)   Be gentle!

At the end of the day, taking care of your health is as easy as being kind to your body. You only have one body—two boobs, but one body—and you need to start taking care of it now before it’s too late. Be gentle when putting your bra on, and take your time. Lastly I’m just gonna say it, don’t let anyone give you a bunch of hickeys on your chest, it’s not cute and it’s horrible for your boobs.

That’s all I have for you today, Lazy Girls. I hope I lulled you off into your next nap.

 

Kelsey Rose is one of the two campus correspondents for the MCLA HerCampus chapter. She's a marketing major with a minor in entrepreneurship and likes to think she's the modern day Carrie Bradshaw. Kelsey is an enthusiast for fake eyelashes, music, comedy, and interesting dialogue.
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