Female milk ducts, also referred to as lactiferous ducts or mammary ducts, are vital for milk production. Pregnancy hormones cause the milk ducts to grow in number and size. The ducts branch off into smaller channels, until they cluster into grape-like sacs called alveoli.
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Each breast has 15 to 20 sections, or lobes, that surround the nipple in a radial manner, like spokes on a wheel. Inside these lobes are smaller sections, called lobules. At the end of each lobule are tiny "bulbs" that produce milk. These structures are linked together by small tubes called ducts, which carry milk to the nipples.
Breasts are getting bigger and arriving earlier. They're also attracting chemicals and environmental toxins, which are getting passed along in breast milk. When writer Florence Williams was nursing her second child, she read a research study about toxins found in human breast milk.
If you feel a lump in your breast, try not to panic or worry. Most lumps are not breast cancer, but something less serious, such as a benign not cancer breast condition. Some lumps will go away on their own.
Breast cysts are fluid-filled sacs inside the breast, which are usually not cancerous benign. You can have one or many breast cysts and they can happen in one or both breasts. They're often described as round or oval lumps with distinct edges.
Each breast contains between 15 and 20 sections called lobeseach of which is composed of many smaller structures known as glands or alveoli. These glands produce milk. A system of small tubes known as ducts transports milk from the glands to a big central duct that has multiple openings in the nipple.
Breast pain mastalgia — a common complaint among women — can include breast tenderness, sharp burning pain or tightness in your breast tissue. The pain may be constant or it may occur only occasionally. Postmenopausal women sometimes have breast pain, but breast pain is more common in younger women who haven't completed menopause. Most times, breast pain signals a noncancerous benign breast condition and rarely indicates breast cancer.