Women & Breast Health – Understanding Lumps
How a woman feels about her breasts is a very personal thing. Their primary function is to produce milk to provide nutrition to infants. In the animal kingdom, including primates, a female’s breast and mammary glands enlarge for the sole production of milk for their young, after which the size reverts to pre-birth. However, with humans, the size of a woman’s breasts is determined early on (during puberty) and remains mostly stable throughout her life. A woman’s breast size may change with weight gain,
and loss, increased pectoral muscle (behind the breast) and breast augmentation. Here’s an interesting bit of information. Scientists have yet to determine why humans are the only species whereby breast tissue does not reduce after the mammary glands no longer produce milk. Breast tissue is made of specialized tissues called mammary glands and fatty tissue. The amount of fat in the breast determines the size. The mammary glands are compartmentalized into approximately 20 different sections in the breast. These sections are called lobes and contained within the lobes are “lobules,” where milk is produced. A series of tiny tubes called “ducts” carry milk through the breast to larger ducts, which are attached to the nipple — allowing the milk to exit. Besides mammary glands and fat cells, breasts contain connective tissue and ligaments that provide support and structure to the breast (giving it shape). The breast also contains nerves, blood vessels, lymph vessels and lymph nodes. Perhaps the intricate web of ducts, lymph nodes, nerves and mammary glands is one of the reasons that so many women suffer from breast problems.
Most Common Benign Breast Problems
Some of the more common problems women have with their breasts are breast pain and tenderness, which are more than likely caused by hormonal shifts. If this pain continues outside of the menstrual cycle, something occurring outside the breast may likely be the cause. Possible issues include strain, injury, spinal problems or problems within the heart. Your healthcare provider should review this type of pain. Any indication of a breast lump usually evokes fear and concern, but breast lumps are not necessarily a sign or precursor to Cancer. The glandular system in the breast is “nodular,” which means it is lumpy. Some women have more lumpiness
than others. Lumpy breast tissues are not a sign of Cancer. Cancer nodules will feel different. Fibroadenomas (fibrous lump) are also common, non-painful benign breast lumps. They are made up of glands and fibrous tissue, and they tend to be mobile in the breast (moving). Breast cysts are benign fluid-filled sacs that appear and disappear; they tend to appear during menstruation and then disappear but can be painful. 

Benign fibrocystic disease is a combination of cysts and thickened breast tissue. This breast condition is characterized by lumpy breasts and is associated with pain and tenderness that may fluctuate with the menstrual cycle. In this particular case, the lymphatic system in the breast is not removing lymph properly. The fluid becomes stagnant and becomes encapsulated by fibrous tissue and thickens like scar tissue. The cysts may swell before and during menstruation. Symptoms include breast tenderness and swelling, pain and a lumpy feeling in the breast. Benign fibrocystic disease occurs when there is an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone, causing excess estrogen. It is often categorized as a symptom of PMS but can occur at any time. There is no known cure for FBD disease or the other above mentioned breast problems. Many symptoms will often disappear after menopause; they could persist if you are taking hormone replacement medications. You can support and balance your hormones to reduce the likelihood of FBD with natural supplements such as Lorna Vanderhaeghe’s ESTROsmart. It is a combination of supplements including Calcium D-glucarate, Indole-3-carbinol, green tea extract, Diindolylmethane (DIM), curcumin and Sulforaphane, from BroccoPhan. ESTROsmart helps reduce abnormal cell growth, including breast lumps, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, and thick uterine lining. ESTROsmart can also help remove excess estrogen and maintains a healthy estrogen-to-progesterone balance.
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