Breast cancer statistics and guidance

Breast cancer in Spain

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Spain
  • It is the leading cause of premature death in women
  • Early detection is strictly related to screening programmes
  • Regular mammograms reduce breast cancer mortality by 20-40%

(Ref. International Agency for Research on Cancer EUCAN)

Mastectomy rate in Spain

Spain has a 66% mastectomy rate.**

** High mastectomy rates are linked to the fact that breast tumours may be more advanced by the time they are found.


Signs to look out for:

  • A new lump in your breast or underarm
  • Thickening or swelling of part of your breast
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin
  • Redness or flaky skin in nipple area or breast area
  • Pulling in of your nipple or pain in the nipple area
  • Nipple discharge
  • Pain in any area of your breast
  • Any change in the size or shape of your breast

DON’T DELAY: If you find an unusual change in your breast,
see your doctor without delay …………..