n South African Journal of Surgery - Delays in breast cancer : do they matter? : editorial





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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