oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The pattern of malignancy in Mashonaland Part ll

Volume 30, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



In 1936 cancer was thought to be rare in Africa. I This misconception can be explained by several factors which still apply today. Many patients do not present to a doctor as they seek traditional forms of treatment. Many doctors working in Africa do not have access to facilities for either biopsy or histological examination of tumours. Generally speaking the treatment of malignancies is expensive, highly specialized and unsatisfactory, as a consequence there is less pressure to diagnose malignancy in the face of the overwhelming prevalence of infectious and preventable disease. Until recently the majority of medical practitioners in Africa were trained abroad. The pattern of malignancy seen in Africa is different;

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