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The term breast refers to the raised mound of tissue that grows on the upper
anterior ventral region of the human torso (front of the human chest) and
breasts are also found on many other mammals.
Breasts are mounted to the chest wall and are supported by a
delicate system of muscles and ligaments.
Breast tissues are composed of structures of adipose tissue with fat, mammary
glands and milk ducts, which secrete milk used to feed new born babies,
lymphatic nodes and ducts to remove body waste. Each breast is enclosed in skin
and has a nipple surrounded by an areola with variations in skin colour.
While breasts are more visible on adult women, men also have breasts
which are usually less prominent, however they are structurally identical
to women's, as they develop from the
same embryologic tissues.
Male breasts are typically more
prominent on obese men and breast growth in boys and men is becoming more common
due to the hormonal influences of
chemicals in our environment.
breasts come in many shapes and sizes and each breast is made up of
mammary glands and milk ducts, which secrete milk used to feed new
born babies, and a system of lymphatic nodes and ducts to remove
body waste, and fatty tissue which makes up the bulk
of the breast tissue.
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Key: 1. Chest wall 2. Pectoralis muscles 3. Lobules 4. Nipple 5.
Areola 6. Duct 7. Fatty tissue 8. Skin.
Each breast has a nipple surrounded by an areola which may vary in
colour from pink to dark brown. The shape of the breasts has nothing
to do with the function of breasts to produce milk although larger
breasts will produce more milk.
The blood circulation in the breast
is much the same as the rest of the body consisting of arteries and veins. The
arteries bring fresh blood to the cells carrying the nutrition that the breast
and its tissues need for proper health, and the veins return blood back to the
The lymph system as part of an intercellular fluid network transports toxins and
other waste materials into the body for recycling and it is believed that
congestion of the lymph system is a major contributor to breast cancer as
cancers often take root in the lymph nodes Within the breasts, mammary glands or
lactiferous ducts are distributed throughout, these produce milk and lactiferous
ducts connected to the nipple to enable baby feeding.
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Breast Shape Female breasts come in many shapes and sizes and each breast has a
nipple surrounded by an areola which may vary in colour from pink to dark brown.
There is a wide variation in breast size and shape for many reasons, and the
external appearance of the breasts does not indicate anything of their internal
anatomy or potential for milk production and nursing. Many factors influence the
appearance, size, shape of the breasts as well as the position of the breast and
nipple in relation to the body.
A major factor is inheritance, our bodies generally inherit characteristics for
our parents. These factors generally determine the position the breast sit on
the chest and the size. The shape of a woman’s breasts is dependent on the
support provided by the suspensory ligaments that suspend the breasts from the
clavicle (collar bone) and the clavi-pectoral fascia as well as the pectoral
muscles and the skin.
Diet and exercise, general health, skin condition, body weight and body posture
will influence the growth of the breasts and normal life events. The hormonal
changes of menstruation, pregnancy, breast feeding, menopause and weight loss or
gain can all alter the size and shape of a woman’s breasts.
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