Breast reduction could add five years to life

Women who suffer with the symptoms associated with having overly large breasts could be shortening their life by five years. This is the result of a recent survey which also found that one in 10 women blame a lack of self confidence on having large breasts, and 33% experience pain when exercising due to the size of their chest. Professor Laurence Kirwan, a plastic surgeon, is an advocate for breast reduction surgery, the positive results of which he has seen in many of his patients, including Ulrika Jonsson whose breasts grew from a D to an L-cup after she had four children.He said: “It’s wrong for NHS trusts and insurance companies to dismiss this as vanity. Many of the women who come to me desperate for breast reductions have poor posture and are in a great deal of pain due to the drag on their shoulders and neck.” In an interview published in the Daily Mail, Professor Kirwan added talked of another recent survey which found ‘the long-term health benefits of a breast reduction are equivalent to those of a hip replacement’. “Many of my breast reduction patients are distraught, and their poor feelings about their bodies are compounded by the fact society does not take their problem seriously,” said Professor Kirwan. The average breast size in Britain has soared in recent years, something that woman’s health expert Dr Marilyn Glenville blames on ‘rising amounts of oestrogen in pesticides and plastics...as well as changes in our diet’. She said: “I see more and more women getting bigger breasts as they get older. For many, it can be a shock. They didn’t foresee they were going to get a bigger bust, and the size increase can be enough to tip them over into neck and back pain.” See original story here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2152417/How-big-breasts-years-life-Jane-Clarke-shares-story.html