Good news for you and your girls–as in your boobs, not your BFFs. New research says that squeezing your boobs can actually stop breast cancer cells from growing!
The research was a little complicated, but basically: Lab experiments showed that applying physical pressure and force to malignant breast cancer cells made them actually straighten out and start to form into healthy, normal cells. Breast cancer cells that didn’t have any physical pressure applied to them would continue to grow as cancer cells instead of healthy ones.
One researcher explained, “Malignant cells have not completely forgotten how to be healthy; they just need the right cues to guide them back to a healthy growth pattern.” Another added, “An early signal, in the form of compression, appears to get these malignant cells back on the right track.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean that just kneading your nips is going to necessarily cure anything. One of the docs insisted, “Compression, in and of itself, is not likely to be a therapy. But this does give us new clues to track down the molecules and structures that could eventually be targeted for therapies.”
Obviously, there are a lot of measures you can take to stay healthy in general to prevent breast cancer: Exercising, healthy eating, vitamins, and regular self-exams. And if you ever–heaven forbid–get breast cancer, your docs will heave the best treatment options for you, be it surgery, radiation, or a combination. Still, it’s a pretty awesome thought that your own body can sort of fix itself, isn’t it? As if you needed another excuse to love second base.
Are you going to start squeezing your boobs now? Do you take any special precautions against breast cancer? Do you do regular self-exams for breast cancer? Tell us in the comments!