Breasts are beautiful are they not? Many men and women think they are sexy. Some prefer them large and others like them small. Women's breasts are also functional as babies are nursed with them the first few months and even years of their lives. Some say that doing so is better for the baby than bottle feeding because a mother's natural milk strengthens her baby's immune system. As a girl approaches puberty, her breasts begin to develop. Their rate of growth and size are often hereditary. But once they start to grow, they don't stop until they are fully developed. Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. The media in the US leads one to believe that large, rock hard breasts are preferred over smaller and softer breasts. Size and weight of breasts vary. They can be pendulous and heavy, full and round or banana shaped. They can even be perky as they sit high and firm on a woman's chest. But regardless of size, shape or weight, they shouldn't be taken for granted. Once you have them, women have to take care of her breasts to make sure they stay healthy. As women age and the frequency of breast cancer increases, mammograms and self-breast exams are strongly encouraged by the medical profession. However, studies have shown that Black women tend to examine their breasts or get mammograms less frequently than White women. But now there is more reason for her to. Researchers investigating a gene they suspect helps spur breast cancer found an unusual racial disparity: The gene appears active more often in the tumours of black women than white women. http://mediresource.sympatico.ca/health_news_detail.asp?channel_id=54&news_id=1152 Although the results of this study are too early to form solid opinions, sisters should take active measures to keep her breasts as healthy as possible. If you don't already, you should perform breast self-examinations frequently during the month, particularly around the time of your menses. Get your mammograms as often as your doctor suggests and don't wait too long if you feel or see any suspicious changes in the shape or feel of your breasts or nipples. Stay healthy!