The breasts

The breasts

Breasts are made up of fat, supportive (connective) tissue and glandular tissue containing lobes. The lobes (milk glands) are where breast milk is made. They connect to the nipple by a network of fine tubes called ducts.

Breast side view
Breast side view

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It’s common for a woman’s breasts to be a different size or shape from each other. They also feel different at different times of the month. For example, just before a period your breasts may feel tender and lumpy. As a woman gets older, her breasts may become smaller and less firm.

Back to Breast screening

Breast awareness

Knowing what your breasts normally feel and look like can help you to notice any changes early.

What is breast screening?

Breast screening can find breast cancers that are too small to see or feel.

Family history of breast cancer

If you are under 50 and have a family history of breast cancer, you may be screened for breast cancer.

Your mammogram appointment and what to expect

Breast screening involves being invited for a mammogram every three years.

Getting your mammogram results

You should receive the results in writing about two weeks after your screening appointment.

If further tests are required

After your breast screening, you may asked to visit a breast assessment clinic for more tests.

Potential results of further tests

You will be given the results of your tests by a doctor at the assessment clinic.

Common questions about breast screening

You may have lots of questions about breast screening.