A woman's breasts are made up of glands, fat, and fibrous tissue. For reasons that are not entirely...
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A woman's breasts are made up of glands, fat, and fibrous tissue. For reasons that are not entirely clear, the breast tissue in many women develops a dense, irregular, and bumpy consistency known as fibrocystic disease. This noncancerous condition can affect one breast more than the other. The changes may become more or less obvious over the monthly menstrual cycle as the amount of fluid in the breast fluctuates with changing hormone levels. A cancerous tumor can also cause changes in the size or shape of the breast, or cause the skin to dimple or look like an orange peel. Any changes in the appearance of the breast should be checked by a health care practitioner.