Breast Cancer Awareness

The incidence of breast cancer among South African women is increasing and it is one of the most common cancers among women in South Africa. It is the most prevalent cancer amongst white and Asian women and the second most common cancer among black and coloured women.

Causes of cancerCancer is ultimately the result of cells that uncontrollably grow and do not die. Normal cells in the body follow an orderly path of growth, division, and death. Programmed cell death is called apoptosis, and when this process breaks down, cancer begins to form.

Facts about breast cancer

  • Early detection of the condition can lead to effective treatment and a positive prognosis. About 90% of patients survive for many years after diagnosis when breast cancer is detected at the early stages.
  • Regular self-breast examination and regular mammograms are key to early detection.
  • Presenting yourself early for treatment may result in more effective treatment, leading to a reduction in pain and suffering and a significant decrease in the loss of life.
Cancer kills by invading key organs (like the intestines, lungs, brain, liver, and kidneys) and interfering with body functions that are necessary to live. Untreatedcancer commonly causes death. … Even when it can’t cure the cancer, treatment can often help people live longer.

The designation of October as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” in South Africa reflects a nationwide drive by public and private healthcare structures to raise awareness of this debilitating disease across all races and class structures.

Rough estimate of costs relating to cancer treatment in South Africa
General consultationR590
Reconstructive surgeryR50 000-R140 000
Hormonal therapyR650-R2 500 per month
ChemotherapyR25 000 for 4 cycles-R140 000 for 6 cycles
Radiation therapyR51 000-R112 000 for 5 to 6 weeks of treatment





Credits: https://www.gov.za/BreastCancerAwarenessMonth2018

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