n South African Journal of Surgery - Delays in breast cancer : do they matter? : editorial
|Article Title||Delays in breast cancer : do they matter? : editorial|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||South African Journal of Surgery|
|Affiliations||1 University of KwaZulu-Natal|
|Publication Date||Jan 2015|
|Pages||34 - 36|
'...all women have the right to access to healthcare, but considerable challenges exist in implementing breast healthcare programmes when resources are limited.'
Breast cancer constitutes a significant burden of disease in South Africa. The latest available statistics of the National Cancer Registry published in 2009 reveal that breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer in South African women and accounts for 20.82% of all female cancers. The lifetime risk of developing breast cancer for all South African females is 1 in 33. The risk varies between the various racial groups and is 1:11 for white, 1:22 for coloured, 1:17 for Asian and 1:36 for black women.
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