Why do we get lumps in our breasts?

The breast changes with hormonal stimulation and age. At birth there is little breast tissue present. Breast development really starts during puberty and the normal development of breast structure is dependent on a normal balance of hormonal stimulation.

Breasts and nipple shape vary significantly. For example, it may be quite normal for a woman to have inverted nipples.

The majority of women have one breast slightly larger than the other.

With time the shape of a woman’s breasts change. The amount of breast tissue decreases and it is replaced with fat. The breasts are subject to the regular monthly hormonal cycle. For example, women often have more breast tenderness just before their periods. Hormonal replacement therapy may stimulate some new breast development.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes
33% - 9322 votes
No
67% - 18700 votes
Vote