Cystic Breast Disease Anatomy
To better understand fibrocystic breast disease, it helps to understand the anatomy of the breast.
Breasts are made of fat and milk glands. Small passageways, called ducts, deliver milk from the glands, to the nipple. Lymphatic tissue provides a passageway for cell waste to drain from the breast.
Examples of breast anatomy:
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