This is a cancer affecting the mammary glands that is most commonly seen in unsterilised female cats (although it can also be seen in male cats and spayed female cats). The tumour commonly affects more than one of the mammary glands, which often develop multiple firm swellings or nodules, and the tumours commonly cause ulceration of the skin. This tumour usually spreads to the local lymph nodes and can also spread to the lungs.

Early treatment of small tumours is likely to be much more successful than if multiple or larger tumours are present. Treatment is usually by surgical resection of the tumour and associated tissues, and there may also be a role for chemotherapy in some cases.

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