Fibrosis refers to a thickening or increase in the density of breast tissue. Fibrous breast tissues include ligaments, supportive tissues stromaand scar tissues. Sometimes these fibrous tissues become more prominent that the fatty tissues in an area of the breast, possibly resulting in a firm or rubbery bump.
Over the past decade, it has become increasingly apparent that the cell-centric hallmarks of cancer originally proposed [ 1 ] are exceedingly more complex, and must now take into account the multi-faceted role and interplay of multiple cell types in the tumor microenvironment TME [ 2 — 5 ]. Although the TME is emerging as an important determinant of tumorigenesis and as an attractive target for therapy [ 6 ], understanding the specific cellular and molecular changes in the TME associated with breast cancer risk remains one of the overarching challenges for the prevention and treatment of this disease. The breast is composed of several stromal elements, among which adipose and fibrotic tissue comprise the largest components.
Fibrocystic breast disease, commonly called fibrocystic breasts or fibrocystic change, is a benign noncancerous condition in which the breasts feel lumpy. According to the Mayo Clinicmore than half of women will develop fibrocystic breast disease at some point in their lives. Many women with fibrocystic breasts will not have any associated symptoms.
Dense breasts have less fatty tissue and more non-fatty tissue compared to breasts that aren't dense. Dense breasts have more gland tissue that makes and drains milk and supportive tissue also called stroma that surrounds the gland. Breast density can be inherited, so if your mother has dense breasts, it's likely you will, too. Still, no one method of measuring breast density has been agreed upon by doctors.
The breast consists of three main components, the skin, the subcutaneous adipose tissue and the functional glandular tissue that comprises both parenchyma and stroma. The collecting ducts open at the nipple through which the infant obtains milk during breastfeeding. Below the nipple, the collecting ducts dilate to form the lactiferous sinuses.
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Many soft tissue tumors recapitulate features of normal connective tissue. We hypothesize that different types of fibroblastic tumors are representative of different populations of fibroblastic cells or different activation states of these cells. We examined two tumors with fibroblastic features, solitary fibrous tumor SFT and desmoid-type fibromatosis DTFby DNA microarray analysis and found that they have very different expression profiles, including significant differences in their patterns of expression of extracellular matrix genes and growth factors.