A new study may explain why youthful breasts don't stay that way forever: they age about 2-3 years faster than the rest of the body in healthy women, and about 12 years faster in women who have had breast cancer.
According to Science Daily:
"While earlier clocks have been linked to saliva, hormones and telomeres, the new research is the first to identify an internal timepiece able to accurately gauge the age of diverse human organs, tissues and cell types. Unexpectedly, the clock also found that some parts of the anatomy, like a woman's breast tissue, age faster than the rest of the body.
..."Healthy breast tissue is about two to three years older than the rest of a woman's body," said Horvath. "If a woman has breast cancer, the healthy tissue next to the tumor is an average of 12 years older than the rest of her body."
The results may explain why breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Given that the clock ranked tumor tissue an average of 36 years older than healthy tissue, it could also explain why age is a major risk factor for many cancers in both genders."
Youthful breasts can be partially preserved via a well-fitting and supportive bra and regular moisturizing. However, if you have noted age-related drooping, sagging, and loss of breast fullness, breast implants or a breast lift can help.