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Breast Cancer in Rural Africa: A Serious Problem

Breast cancer is one of the many problems that developing countries in Africa are struggling with in terms of awareness, support and treatment.
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Firstly, it is extremely difficult for women in remote areas to access full clinical care. This is because of distance, the availability of transport and its cost and family responsibilities. Secondly, many women cannot afford the financial strain of breast cancer treatment and whichever free medical services are available are usually not of high standard. Thirdly, the level of medical care in some poverty-stricken countries is so bad that breast cancer is completely taken off the radar; many ill women may not even be diagnosed accordingly.

As per the National Center for Biotechnology, “the problem of breast cancer in Africa is compounded by the lack standardized diagnostic and treatment programs and that many women delay seeking treatment for symptoms, with a large proportion of the diagnosed cancer being ones that are not amenable to treatment.” This means that the burden of cancer, whether there is hope of complete remission or not, is in no way relieved for these women in rural African countries. Instead, women accept their fate and live the rest of their lives in extreme pain, discomfort and probably also depression.

There is a serious need for educational campaigns that teach populations across Africa about the importance of symptoms and early detection of breast cancer. There is also a desperate need for helplines and counselling programs for victims of, survivors of and family members of those who suffer from breast cancer. Women undergo intense emotional strain when experiencing ongoing treatments and extreme body changes, which is why therapy is essential.

Symptoms of breast cancer as per the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

  • Suspicious lumps in the breast area
  • Unexplained change is size or shape of breasts
  • Unexpected swelling or shrinking of breast(s)
  • Nipples turning inwards
  • Any discharge (other than milk) from the breast area
  • Skin on breast or nipple becomes scaly, red or swollen
  • Any signs of dimpling around the breast area

If any women, at any point discovers these symptoms, she must see a doctor as soon as possible. Victims of breast cancer must always remember that there is hope! With the right support, anything is possible.

Become a volunteer at the Africa Cancer Foundation or donate money to the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer today to help women across Africa who are in need. 

Firstly, it is extremely difficult for women in remote areas to access full clinical care. This is because of distance, the availability of transport and its cost and family responsibilities. Secondly, many women cannot afford the financial strain of breast cancer treatment and whichever free medical services are available are usually not of high standard. Thirdly, the level of medical care in some poverty-stricken countries is so bad that breast cancer is completely taken off the radar; many ill women may not even be diagnosed accordingly.

As per the National Center for Biotechnology, “the problem of breast cancer in Africa is compounded by the lack standardized diagnostic and treatment programs and that many women delay seeking treatment for symptoms, with a large proportion of the diagnosed cancer being ones that are not amenable to treatment.” This means that the burden of cancer, whether there is hope of complete remission or not, is in no way relieved for these women in rural African countries. Instead, women accept their fate and live the rest of their lives in extreme pain, discomfort and probably also depression.

There is a serious need for educational campaigns that teach populations across Africa about the importance of symptoms and early detection of breast cancer. There is also a desperate need for helplines and counselling programs for victims of, survivors of and family members of those who suffer from breast cancer. Women undergo intense emotional strain when experiencing ongoing treatments and extreme body changes, which is why therapy is essential.

Symptoms of breast cancer as per the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

  • Suspicious lumps in the breast area
  • Unexplained change is size or shape of breasts
  • Unexpected swelling or shrinking of breast(s)
  • Nipples turning inwards
  • Any discharge (other than milk) from the breast area
  • Skin on breast or nipple becomes scaly, red or swollen
  • Any signs of dimpling around the breast area

If any women, at any point discovers these symptoms, she must see a doctor as soon as possible. Victims of breast cancer must always remember that there is hope! With the right support, anything is possible.

Become a volunteer at the Africa Cancer Foundation or donate money to the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer today to help women across Africa who are in need. 

CategoryNews from KJAER & KJAER
Date27.10.2016
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