Breast cancer among women in sub-Saharan Africa: prevalence and a situational analysis

  • Samuel Nambile Cumber University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Kenneth Nkeh Nchanji St Louis University
  • Joyce Mahlako Tsoka-Gwegweni University of KwaZulu-Natal
Keywords: Africa, Breast Cancer, Prevalence, Women

Abstract

Breast cancer is the most common cause of death in women worldwide. The incidence of breast cancer in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has been rising and yet many cases remain undetected. Studies reveal that the prevalence of breast cancer in most SSA countries does not give the true picture as many of these countries lack national cancer registries. A number of risk factors such as alcoholism, age and hormones predispose women to breast cancer and several challenges are currently faced in detecting and managing breast cancer in SSA, especially in the domain of medical imaging technology and finances. The purpose of this review is to document the prevalence of breast cancer among women in SSA. (Full text available online at www.medpharm.tandfonline.com/ojgo) South Afr J Gynaecol Oncol 2017; DOI: 10.1080/20742835.2017.139146

Author Biographies

Samuel Nambile Cumber, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Discipline of Public Health Medicine Department of Nursing & Public Health College of Health Sciences University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban
Kenneth Nkeh Nchanji, St Louis University
Institute of Health and Biomedical Science St Louis University Bamenda
Joyce Mahlako Tsoka-Gwegweni, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Discipline of Public Health Medicine Department of Nursing & Public Health College of Health Sciences University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban
Published
2017-12-04
Section
Breast Cancer Corner