Breast lymphatic system. Artwork showing the internal structure of a human breast and its lymphatic system. Lymph nodes (purple) are joined by a network of lymph vessels. Breast tissue (yellow) surrounds the nipple and lies on top of the ribs. Other bones and muscles are also seen. The left arm is raised to show the axillary lymph nodes of the armpit. If these lymph nodes are hard and lumpy, this can indicate the presence of a cancer in the breast that has spread to the armpit. Regular checks of the armpit can aid an early diagnosis of breast cancer.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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