BREAST CANCER - the second most common type of cancer in women
Women in the world get breast cancer more than any other type of cancer except skin cancer. Breast cancer is second to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death in American women.
A disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast
The breast is made up of lobes and ducts. Each breast has 15 to 20 sections called lobes, which have many smaller sections called lobules. Lobules end in dozens of tiny bulbs that can make milk. The lobes, lobules, and bulbs are linked by thin tubes called ducts.
Each breast also has blood vessels and lymph vessels. The lymph vessels carry an almost colorless, watery fluid called lymph. Lymph vessels carry lymph between lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped structures that filter lymph and store white blood cells that help fight infection and disease.
Increasing protective factors help prevent cancer
Avoiding cancer risk factors may help prevent certain cancers. Risk factors include smoking, being overweight, and not getting enough exercise. Increasing protective factors such as quitting smoking and exercising may also help prevent cancer.
Running have a lower risk of breast cancer
Women who performed 300 minutes of exercise per week had much larger reductions in body fat than those who exercised for less time. Since many studies have shown that being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing postmenopausal breast cancer, hence, reducing body fat—which is a marker of obesity—is a means of reducing breast cancer risk after menopause!
The takeaway, according to Friedenreich, is that while getting in 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of aerobic activity per week is already fantastic—and will help reduce your risk of getting breast cancer—hitting that weekly 300-minute mark (5 hours) offers even more of a benefit. So keep doing your long runs, speed workouts, and daily runs.
Sports Bras offer great support
"Our breasts are made up of ligaments and tissue," explains Jené Luciani Sena, bra expert and author of The Bra Book. "Over time, that movement of going up and down contributes to the stretching in that area. Not only for aesthetic reasons, but a comfort reason. It can be painful!"
It can also cause you to alter your biomechanics while running. Women will subconsciously alter their arm swing in order to prevent breast movement. This can cause other areas to become painful such as the shoulders, neck, and upper back. Not to mention, it really messes up your stride!
Key points to look for Sports Bra:
- Band – should be snug, but not too tight. This is where you will get most of your support, so a good fit here is important. Your band shouldn’t cause chafing!
- Cup - breast tissue should be contained, not spilling out over the sides! If there is a lot of excess material, the cup is too large and you should go down in size.
- Straps – should not be so tight that they are digging into the shoulder. Most of the support should come from the band and cups, not the straps.
- Throughout the last few years, Yvette have dedicated themselves to making even better high-impact sports bras a top priority. From creative construction and technology that cuts back on bounce to designs that keeps you comfy (no more too-tight-to-move constriction!), we have found some seriously innovative ways to make it happen.