Excellencies - Breast Unit

Further information

What does a breast look like?

The mammary gland looks like “a bunch of grapes”, where the berries (putted to produce milk during breastfeeding) are bound together by fibrous tissue and surrounded by fat cells.

This “nodular” structure must not intimidate: the tumor nodule has a completely different consistency and when it appears, it is recognized.

The mammary gland, only sketched in childhood, develops in adolescence thanks to the action of estrogens (hormones produced by the ovaries) and reaches its final size at the end of development.

Its composition continues to change over the course of life: in very young women the glandular part prevails, which reaches its maximum development during pregnancy and breastfeeding, while in adult women the glandular component regresses, often creating gaps that are occupied by liquid (mammary cysts, typical after 40 years of age) and in menopause it is absorbed and replaced by adipose tissue.

Each period of life therefore has a different aspect to check, if necessary, with your doctor.