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Breasts and Youth

Written by Mystic on Tuesday, January 29, 2008

  • Breasts can start growing as early as age 10 and don't stop until your early 20's.

  • During puberty, breasts can grow rapidly causing general discomfort, pain and uneasiness.
  • Breasts have been overly emphasized in our culture making them too big a part of a girls physical identity. This does not mean that a girl with larger breasts is more feminine or "better". Infact, very large breasts can cause pain and poor posture.

  • Breasts have a biological purpose - for feeding babies.

  • Having a baby changes ones breasts forever, and many women get larger (but much less perky) breasts after pregnancy.

  • Bras are more than just undergarments; they are necessary to keep your breasts supported and to stop injury to the breast tissue while playing sports.

  • Breast cancer is rare in teen-aged girls but it is important to get used to checking your breasts for lumps and irregularities as soon as you start having your period. This is especially important if you have a family history of breast cancer.

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