Grassroots Efforts to Promote Breast Cancer Research

We would one day like to live in a world where breast cancer is an afterthought. Until that day comes, there are many ways that you can do your part to fight this terrible disease which has taken from us mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, wives and other loved ones. One of the easiest things that you can do is participate in a local walk-a-thon or short race. Just realizing that you and your family are not alone in fighting cancer can be monumental for some. Of course, raising money for breast cancer research is critical to fighting the disease, but make sure that you do your own research into the charities that you chose to donate to. If you’re looking for other ways to get involved, check out this great video of UMass students and faculty doing their part to spread awareness about products with cancer-causing agents in them. Great job guys!

Why is Pink The Breast Cancer Color?

Most of us wear the pink ribbon without taking into consideration why the color is associated with breast cancer, and that’s because most of us don’t feel the need to know. If that’s who you are, then that’s okay. But some of us are more inclined to figure out the little bits of trivia in the connections between color and some of the causes we find most dear. Pink is for breast cancer, blue is for child abuse awareness, yellow is used to support our troops, and red is used to acknowledge a person’s support in the battle against HIV and AIDS. Why is that the case?

There are more colors for more causes, and each has a defining reason behind it. This is the reason why the color pink is the breast cancer color.

Founded in 1982, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was created by Susan’s younger sister, Nancy Goodman Brinker. Susan died at the young age of 33 after a battle with breast cancer, and Nancy wanted people to be better aware of the disease in order to increase early detection and hopefully prevent more cancer from developing in the first place. It was the best way for her to honor her sister’s memory and help others in the process. The new foundation used pink as its color of choice when providing pink visors in the Komen Race for the Cure, held annually.

Only a decade later, it was universally adopted in the fight against breast cancer. Alexandra Penney, the editor-in-chief of Self magazine in New York City, used a pink ribbon during a new issue as an icon in awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Penney used her sway with the big names inside of the cosmetic industry to hand out pink ribbons in stores all over the place, and the trend caught on in a big way. Now there are pink ribbons everywhere, and everyone knows exactly what they stand for.

One in eight women living in the United States of America will be forced to deal with breast cancer during their lives, while one in a thousand men will have to do the same. Over 300,000 new cases of one kind or another are diagnosed in women each year, while about 2,470 men will be diagnosed with the invasive form. About 40,000 women will die from breast cancer in 2017.

New research is playing a role in the fight against breast cancer, and there may be an end in sight. Until that day arrives, you can do your part by supporting the women in your life or donating to those who are attempting to eradicate this disease once and for all.

Parts Of A Breast

Most of us are more interested in looking at them than learning about them, but if you really want to know more about the female form then you should probably start with the breasts. There’s more to them than meets the eye, and women should be aware of the functions of the breast in order to properly care for and monitor the body part for signs of disease or cancer. These are the most important parts of a breast and their functions.

They’re also called mammary glands, and believe it or not men have them too. During puberty, some young boys might experience the growth of breast tissue. Most do not.

Depending on where you live and how society views the breast, there is a psychological association to a woman’s sexuality. Like with all things in life, we’re obsessed with size as a people. Women who have smaller breasts might have self-esteem or self-image issues, but the size of the breasts has no bearing on other functions. Because of this factor, the loss of breasts following breast cancer or another disease can result in psychological issues that should be treated with professional help.

The breasts perform two primary roles during child rearing: one, the breasts are used to provide sustenance in the form of milk to a woman’s children. Two, it offers the child immunological protection. This protection stems from antibodies, vitamins, enzymes, and chemical mediators in breast milk that strengthens a child’s immune system and reduces the chances of a child developing certain allergies later in life.

The part of the breast we see is made up of the skin, areola, and nipple. Underneath is breast tissue or stroma. Interlobular stroma helps protect and support the breasts. Intralobular stroma houses all the tissue which provides functionality to this body part. The alveoli, or acini, and nearly two dozen lobules in the mammary gland help produce milk, which can then be drained out of terminal and lactiferous ducts and into the lactiferous sinus where it stays until the hungry baby (usually) is ready for a meal. The ducts and lobules are complemented with a lining of luminal epithelium cells, behind which is an epithelial layer of muscle called the myoepithelium. When a baby suckles, these muscles contract and squirt the milk out of the breast. Yummy!

The breasts can also perform a sexual function during intercourse. Because stimulation of the female nipples services the region of the brain associated with clitoral, cervical and vaginal stimulation, a woman can achieve orgasm through and in the breasts, causing them to grow in size up to twenty-five percent (an aforementioned plus for most men). They become more sensitive, and the additional blood can cause changes in hue.

Where Did Boob Come From?

A lot of the words we use on a regular basis have mysterious or obscure beginnings, and even though there are a great many obsessive fans of the most popular female body part–the breasts–you might have trouble finding someone who really knows where the accompanying favorite word “boob” actually came from or how it stuck. So why do we use the word boob in place of breasts? Is it just because we like to sound less scientific when we’re in the bedroom or hanging out with friends, and boob sounds more light-hearted and fun? Well, here’s what we know for sure about where the word “boob” came from (and it’s not much).

First, you might want to note that not all cultures sexualize a woman’s breasts. We hide much of the female form behind clothing (or at least some overbearing male figures–i.e. Politicians, law practice software fans and old people–try to force women to do so). If we didn’t, then perhaps people would find less appeal in a woman’s breasts. Thus does the “free the nipple” campaign exist. Although there are plenty of women who have no trouble staring at a guy’s chest, the male form isn’t nearly as sexualized. It depends mostly on where you live.

In the sixteenth century, new insults cropped up (let’s face it, new insults crop up no matter when you live). If you really wanted to insult your neighbor’s taste in farming technique, you might refer to him as a boob or booby. The words were basically synonymous with the word “stupid” but hardly an insult that would rock someone’s world. Where people got the words is still up for debate. Perhaps boob is loosely derived from the Latin word for “stammering”, “balbus.” Balbus was the primary reason that the Spanish found the word “bobo”, which also means stupid. It isn’t so far-fetched to think that perhaps the archaic use for boob comes from the Spanish word bobo.

Maybe that’s not where it comes from, though.

As far as we know, the earliest use of the word boob meaning breast graced Henry Miller’s Tropic of cancer. The famous line is as follows: “She was lying on the ground with her boobies in her hands.” Interesting.

There has to be more to it, though. Right?

Right you are. The Latin word for “little girl” is puppa. From puppa came the German word “bubbi.” From bubbi came the English word “bubby.” The word “bubby” started in the late seventeenth century as slang. So the word “boob” most likely comes from the Latin word that meant “little girl.” Aren’t you glad you’re informed now? Now when you call someone a boob, you know that you’re also potentially insulting masculinity, gender identity, and maturity! Good job!

The Most Famous “Boobs” Of All Time

You probably won’t be too hard pressed to find a guy who loves boobs–but then again gender and sexuality may have nothing to do with their mysterious allure. Luckily for those of us who love them to death, it’s just as easy to find a pair of famous boobs that suffered from the TV nip slip, enjoyed the Playboy treatment, or were the subject of an erotic Hollywood movie masterpiece. Then again, it’s not always about the real-life experience. The naked form is a permanent part of popular culture in the form of famous art. So what are the most famous boobs of all time? Here are just a few of our favorite pairs!

The famous painter Botticelli graced us all with an artistic peek at the most elusive parts of Venus’s body. We’ll be forever grateful for the fantasy.

Sometimes you can’t always get what you’re after, and such is the case with Jayne Mansfield. Her cleavage was widely sought after at the time, and the dresses she wore catered to her male fans.

Take a look at Bettie Page, and you’ll be mesmerized for one reason or another. Her form offers a stark difference to the typical Hollywood fare, but it never hurt her beauty even a little bit.

Brigitte Bardot was an icon in the ‘50s because she wasn’t afraid to bare it all. Because of this rare degree of exhibitionism for the time period, she acquired a number of fans both at home and abroad, and her career in film took off quickly.

Who wouldn’t want to take a gander at the form of Wonder Woman? We’re talking about the Wonder Woman of the ‘70s during a budding era of sexuality and exposure, not today’s form. One of the first female superheroes generated a lot of buzz at the time because of her revealing costumes, and the actresses who were lucky enough to play her exposed a lot of skin as well–making her just as popular with men as she was with women.

In the 1982 movie Fast Times, Phoebe Cates did a bit of showing off, garnering her the attention of, well, everyone who enjoys the female form. She would have been only nineteen years old at the time, and she already looked pretty young in the first place. We can only imagine that she was fending off pervy old men for quite a while thereafter.

You know the name Dolly Parton, and while she’s famous for a lot of reasons, her boobs are definitely among the top few. They’re large and bouncy and much loved by a great many fans.

In stark contrast to why we love Dolly, Kate Moss proves that you don’t necessarily have to have the biggest pair to have the biggest following. She was a jaw-dropping sight on the runway, and she had men drooling for years.