oa South African Family Practice - Breast cancer profiles of women presenting with newly diagnosed breast cancer at Universitas Hospital (Bloemfontein, South Africa) : scientific letter

Volume 50, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Breast cancer is arguably the most-researched cancer in the world. Environmental factors, including diet and lifestyle, have been widely investigated, but these variables have not been able to explain international or ethnic variability in breast cancer. In South Africa breast cancer is most prevalent amongst white and Asian women and is the second most common cancer among black and coloured women. In South Africa an alarming increase in the incidence of breast cancer among young black women, a group that was previously considered to have the lowest breast cancer risk, is reported. There are several possible reasons why increasingly more young women appear to be contracting breast cancer.

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