Maintaining Proper Breast Health
You should always be aware of breast and chest health, whether you’re a woman or not.

Even though Breast Cancer Awareness Month has passed, you should always be aware of breast and chest health, whether you’re a woman or not. There has been plenty of money raised to help cure the cancer, but there hasn’t been a lot of information about the prevention of it. The most popular prevention method has been to see if you have the gene or not and getting a mastectomy or two to relinquish you of the illness -- a la Angelina Jolie.

However, there are different ways that you can prevent breast cancer from happening to you.

Massage your breasts/chest.

Make it a point to massage or have a lover massage your breast about 3-4 days a week. It doesn’t have to be an hour long, but massaging about 20 minutes can improve your breast health.

For women, make sure you have a proper fitting bra.

A lot of times, we don’t have bras that fit us right and underwire bras can cause damage to your breast tissue. For other folks who have breasts/chest and don’t war bras, you need to make sure that your chest gets some breathing time if you’re wearing a binder. If binding or using another tightening product, try to limit your use to only 8 hours maximum.

Check for idiosyncrasies.

Be purposeful and check for any lumps, discolorations, skin differences or anything else that seems out of the ordinary. If you have an idiosyncrasy, please go to your healthcare provider to ensure that everything is okay.

During this holiday season, I’m sure that you will celebrating in style, so do me a favor and make sure your breasts/chest are doing the best that they can do! Cheers to your sexual success!

Marla Stewart

Marla Renee Stewart, MA is a professional sex, intimacy and relationship coach and sex educator. Not only is she a lecturer at Clayton State University, she is also the co-founder of the Sex Down South Conference and the Sexual Liberation Collective. Gaining her reputation for being "The Sex Architect", she created Velvet Lips to empower people of all ages to embrace, educate and enjoy their sexuality and their sexual lives. She has studied human sexuality for more than 16 years at San Francisco State University and Georgia State University, respectively, and has expert knowledge in a wide variety of subjects. She has published academic articles and continues to do sexuality research. She has conducted workshops at conferences, not-for-profit and private organizations, as well as universities in the Atlanta area. She has been featured on many radio shows, documentaries, books, magazines and has been invited to speak at Universities around the country. She also sits on the board for the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition and SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!
  • Anonymous
Sep 07, 2020
Great advise. It is refreshing to finally see someone acknowledge that a mastectomy is not the only, or in my opinion the best way for a women to avoid getting breast cancer. Yes massage helps, but to get the most out of it, it should be done in the proper direction and with the right pressure (research lymphatic massage of the breasts). In addition maintaining your immune system in the best shape possible is also very important. Check out the article: for great suggestions on how to do just that.