Chantel ThorntonDr Chantel Thornton is a specialist breast cancer surgeon at the Epworth Hospital in Richmond, Melbourne, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, St Vincent's Hospital BreastScreen the largest breast screen service in Victoria and Hobson's Bay Specialist Centre Chantel is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She undertook surgical training at the Alfred Hospital and did a Fellowship in Breast Cancer Surgery at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Why I decided to chat to one of our leading breast cancer surgeons - Dr Chantel Thornton?

From 1995 -2015 the Bella crop top has been about support, comfort and longevity. Over the last 20 years I have been privy to see how the bust size has increased yet many crop tops available don't offer the support necessary to protect our bust and fabrics deteriorate quickly. After chatting to Chantel I can see why many of our customers love wearing the bella crop top, not only does it look great but it is "fit for its purpose"- SUPPORT.

CHANTEL OFFERS HER EXPERT ADVISE BELOW ON WHY SUPPORTING OUR BREAST IS SO IMPORTANT.


What changes have you seen to bust size?

Since the 1950's the average cup size has increased from a B to a C cup, among all age groups and this is not limited to overweight women.


What possible short term issues will girls have?

Large breasts (or macromastia - disproportionally larger breasts) - can contribute to acute back, neck, shoulder, breast pain and headaches. Poorly fitting bras in larger breasted women can cause pressure sores (groves) on the skin over shoulders.


Are there any more serious conditions that can occur if the breast tissue is not supported during medium- high impact activity?

Unsupported / poorly supported breasts will move several centimeters during exercise placing pressure on the suspensory ligaments of the breasts, this can be associated with pain during and after exercise - breast / neck / back and shoulder pain.


What long term issues may they have if the breast tissue is not supported?

Long term issues are both physical and psychological.


PHYSICAL ISSUES

Thoracic kyphosis - (abnormal curvature of the back) and inflammation /skin changes to the inframammary fold - fungal infections.


PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES

Psychological issue - depression, loss of self esteem , lack of self confidence.


BELLA BUSTIERE - Kate Danaher

"Updating your Bella crop top is about updating your support. You will appreciate our simple design, perfect choice of fabric and incredible feeling of wearing a crop that truly supports you."

December 2015
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