A highly malignant skin cancer
Undoubtedly the most visible oncological pathology, melanoma is paradoxically progressing steadily in Switzerland, with a relatively high prevalence rate among the population.
The most aggressive form of brain cancer
Both rare and virulent, glioblastoma is the most common and aggressive type of tumor in the central nervous system. It accounts for 50% of all primary malignancies in the brain. While the prevalence of gliomas remains low (2 to 5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Europe and North America), this tumor is extremely aggressive.
The leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and the second leading cause in women
Lung cancer is one of the most common and most fatal forms of cancer among men and women. The particularity of this disease is its high level of dependence on environmental factors, especially the inhalation of or even simple chronic exposure to cigarette smoke, due or not to passive smoking. The high number of lung cancer cases within the population remains a cause for concern.
The most common form of cancer in women in Switzerland
Accounting for more than one third of all cancer cases, breast cancer has the highest prevalence and is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in women. The risk of developing breast cancer is highest in women aged 50 and older.
A cancer of the digestive system that equally affects men and women
Also called pancreatic adenocarcinoma, this type accounts for 4% of all cancerous diseases. It is more often diagnosed in industrialized countries and occurs most frequently around the age of 70 in men and 75 in women.
Tumour invasion and metastasis
The study of malignant cell migration
When cells of a primary tumour, located in a particular organ or type of tissue, manage to migrate from the initial site to neighbouring tissues and into blood vessels, they can be transported by the lymph, the blood or even by microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, parasites) to other parts of the body where they can form secondary tumours called metastases.