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      • Anatomy of the Breasts

        Each breast has 15 to 20 sections (lobes), which are arranged like the petals of a daisy. Each lobe has many smaller lobules, which end in dozens of tiny bulbs that can produce milk.

      • Breast Health: Preventive Care

        To monitor your breast health, you should get a year clinical exam and mammograms as directed by your doctor.

      • Breast Self-Awareness

        Your breasts change at different stages of your life. Breast self-awareness is knowing how your breasts normally look and feel. This can help you to find even small changes right away.

      • Normal Breast Development and Changes

        Breast development happens in distinct stages, first before birth, and again at puberty and during the childbearing years. Changes also happen to the breasts during menstruation and when a woman reaches menopause.

      • What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

        Your health habits may play a role in helping to reduce your risk for this serious disease, and they're particularly important as you get older.