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Normal breast tissue often feels nodular lumpy and varies in consistency from woman to woman. Even within each individual woman, the texture of breast tissue varies at different times in her menstrual cycle, and from time to time during her life. Understanding the normal anatomy of the breast will help you to become familiar with the normal feel of your own breast, and to gain confidence in your ability to do BSE correctly; you will be able to distinguish between suspicious new lumps and ordinary breast tissue that sometimes feels lumpy.
Click to see larger diagrams of the anterior view and cross-section view of the breast. Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control. There are different kinds of breast cancer.
The medical name for breast is mammary gland. Each breast consists of tissue overlying the chest wall muscles the pectoral muscles. In women, the breasts are composed principally of specialised tissue glandular tissue that produces milk.
Women and men both have breasts, but women have more breast tissue than men. The breasts contain mammary glands. Only the mammary glands in women can make milk to feed a baby.
The presence of sweat glands is a distinguishing characteristic for mammals. The glands and ducts of the female breast are similar to sweat glands. Although every human has sweat glands, only females have glands and ducts capable of producing milk.
Breast cancer is a huge subject. A single search on Google for the term will bring up thousands of results, overflowing with information that would take literally years to read. We understand the enormity of it all can be a little overwhelming, so we put together this short guide to cover the basics and hopefully give you a good understanding of what breast cancer is, how it's identified, and what you can do for yourself and your community to stay as healthy as possible. We invite you to read through all of the information on this page and to share it with anyone and everyone you know.
The breast is one of two prominences located on the upper ventral region of the torso of primates. In females, it serves as the mammary glandwhich produces and secretes milk to feed infants. At pubertyestrogensin conjunction with growth hormonecause breast development in female humans and to a much lesser extent in other primates.