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Normal Morphology, Physiological Changes, and Benign Breast Disease

  • Catherine N. Chinyama
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Abstract

Embryologically, the breast develops from the milk line and, in its simplest form, is viewed as a modified sweat gland. The structure and function of the breast is determined by several placental hormones, such as prolactin, estrogen, and progesterone. The latter two hormones influence physiological changes during life and to a greater extent the disease processes which affect the breast. Understanding normal breast development provides a foundation for understanding breast pathophysiology in general, and breast cancer in particular.

Keywords

Needle Core Biopsy Benign Breast Disease Phyllode Tumor Epithelial Proliferation Radial Scar 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PathologyPrincess Elizabeth Hospital, St. Martin’s, GuernseyChannel IslandsUK

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