Breast Cancer Month

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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.

If you have Breast Cancer will you feel a lump?

Most Breast Cancer present as a lump in the breast. No matter how sudden or how the lump feels, it is very important to see your doctor. Cancer lumps often feel hard and craggy and grow steadily in the breast.  Approximately ten percent of Breast Cancers present without a lump, and in fact when you do feel a lump in your breast, around 80-85% of those are benign. Most lumps felt in the breast are not cancers but might be cysts or masses known as fibroadenomas.


What are the most common symptoms?

  • Change in the size and shape of the breast
  • Thickening of the skin of the nipple or ulceration
  • Eczema of the nipple, itching or scaly patches
  • Nipple turning inwards
  • Thickening or dimpling of the skin of the breast
  • Lumps noticed under the arm
Breast Cancer Month
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