Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month….I will be bringing awareness to Breast Cancer starting from the what are breast and what they do to the sign and symptoms of breast cancers to the many treatments that are out there today.

Breast Facts Introduction

Many changes will occur in your breasts during your lifetime. Yet, many women do not know much about their breasts unless they breastfeed or they have a problem. Learning about breast structure (anatomy) and how the breasts function can help you understand which changes are normal and which are not. This is a good first step to find out about breast cancer and benign (not cancer) breast conditions.

The breasts are made up of fat and breast tissue, along with nerves, veins, arteries and connective tissue that helps hold everything in place. Throughout puberty and menopause, the look, structure and function of the breast change.

structure of the breastThe structure of the breast

Breasts are made up of fat and breast tissue, along with nerves, veins, arteries and connective tissue that helps hold everything in place. The main chest muscle (the pectoralis muscle) is found between the breast and the ribs in the chest wall.

Breast tissue is a complex network of lobules (small round sacs that produce milk) and ducts (canals that carry milk from the lobules to the nipple openings during breastfeeding) in a pattern that looks like bunches of grapes. These “bunches” are called lobes.

reference: Susan G. Komen

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