Taking Care of Your "Girls": A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens
by Marisa C. Weiss, M.D. and Isabel R. Friedman

Three Rivers Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-307-40696-5.
Reviewed by Susan M. Andrus
Posted on 04/14/2009

Teen/Girls; Nonfiction: Body Language

The mother-daughter duo of Marisa Weiss, doctor, and Isabel Friedman, college student, works perfectly together to offer practical and medical advice on how to take care of our breasts. From puffy nipples to different breast sizes, Weiss answers every girl's question in an easy-to-understand format. Friedman offers side comments in the teenage vernacular creating a style that converts an often embarrassing subject into one we can even discuss with friends and relatives. Especially since that's where we got our own peculiar breast style in the first place. Weiss tells us that if we start developing slowly and wish our breasts were larger, we should just look at the women in our families to see what ours will probably look like by the time we're 25 or 30 years old.

Worries about breast size, nipple changes, normal lumps, bras, and breast cancer may disappear after reading this book. The authors reassure us what to look for, how to react, and who to call when we're not sure if our breasts are healthy. They also cover self-image, teasing, padded and push-up bras, how to maximize our breasts or how to minimize them.

A book I could have used when I was a teenager, I'm definitely going to buy a few copies for the special "girls" in my life.

Marisa C. Weiss, M.D. is the president and founder of Breastcancer.org. She currently practices at Lankenau Hospital in the Philadelphia area, where she serves as Director of Breast Radiation Oncology and Director of Breast Health Outreach. Her daughter, Isabel Friedman, is a college student at the University of Pennsylvania, who recently graduated from Friends' Central School in the Philadelphia area and was an assistant teacher at the Children's School of Science in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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