Breast cancer is one of the health problems that has the largest impact on the health of women. Thanks to scientific progress in diagnostics and therapeutics, the prognosis for this disease reaching a cure is now 85%.

This improvement in the prognosis depends largely on the extent of the disease at the time of diagnosis. Thus, early diagnosis is the best way to improve the chances of a cure.

This form of cancer originates in the mammary gland and, throughout its evolution, can grow locally, invading other structures of the breast or others nearby (for example, the chest wall and the skin).

Lymphatic dissemination can also occur when the cancer spreads through the lymph vessels toward the armpit or through the blood vessels reaching other organs such as the bones, lungs or liver, through the network of lymphatic vessels in the breast; haematogenous dissemination occurs when it travels through the blood vessels, mainly toward the bones, lung, liver and skin.

The most common symptoms are a lump appearing in the breast or the armpit, changes in the skin of the breast and retraction of the nipple.

Breast cancer is a tumour which can be diagnosed early, even before the patient detects any symptom. This is possible thanks to early detection through mammography. Mammographies are recommended from the age of 45-50 onwards (in the Valencian Community, at the age of 45).





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