Breast health is an important part of a woman’s wellness. Each breast is mostly comprised of fatty tissue, as well as 15-20 milk-producing glands called lobes. Milk reaches the nipples through a series of ducts.
The circle of sensitive, pigmented tissue that surrounds the nipple is called the areola. Areolae can vary widely in appearance: they may be pink, red, or brown, and may be larger or smaller in different women. Most women also have several small, round bumps scattered across the areolae. These are called Montgomery tubercles, home of areolar glands which keep the areola lubricated during breastfeeding.
Breast cancer is one of the most common and deadly cancers affecting women in the U.S. To learn more about conditions affecting the breasts, click the links below.