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Stigma, survivorship and solutions: Addressing the challenges of living with breast cancer in low-resource areas

M Mutebi, Jenny Edge


Breast cancer in developing nations is characterised by late diagnosis. The causes are multifactorial and many are addressed in other articles in this edition of CME. Breast cancer is also seen in younger women. The late-presentation trend is slowly changing in some areas, and an increasing number of women are presenting with early disease. These patients, if managed appropriately, have a more favourable prognosis. As a result, developing nations must now begin to consider the concerns of breast cancer survivorship. In developed countries, there are a number of organisations that support breast cancer survivors. In this article, we highlight some of the psychosocial aspects of living with breast cancer in low-resource areas.

Authors' affiliations

M Mutebi, Surgical Oncology Fellow, Department of Endocrine and Surgical Oncology, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya, and Research Advocacy, African Organisation for Research and Treatment in Cancer (AORTIC), Cape Town, South Africa

Jenny Edge, Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

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Breast cancer; Survivorship; Low-resource areas

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South African Medical Journal 2014;104(5):383. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8253

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-03-25
Date published: 2014-04-05

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