Breast cancer is estimated to be the most common cancer worldwide. We sought to assemble publicly available data from Africa to provide estimates of the incidence of breast cancer on the continent. We included population- or hospital-based registry studies on breast cancer conducted in Africa, and providing estimates of the crude incidence of breast cancer among women. A random effects meta-analysis was employed to determine the pooled incidence of breast cancer across studies. The literature search returned records, with 41 studies conducted across 54 study sites in 22 African countries selected.
African Breast Cancer Research Network – Disparities in Outcomes (ABC-DO) in Africa
WHO | Breast cancer: prevention and control
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women both in the developed and less developed world. It is estimated that worldwide over women died in due to breast cancer Global Health Estimates, WHO Incidence rates vary greatly worldwide from The lowest incidence rates are found in most African countries but here breast cancer incidence rates are also increasing. The low survival rates in less developed countries can be explained mainly by the lack of early detection programmes, resulting in a high proportion of women presenting with late-stage disease, as well as by the lack of adequate diagnosis and treatment facilities.
Estimating the incidence of breast cancer in Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Metrics details. Despite mortality from breast cancer in Africa being higher than in high income countries, breast cancer has not been extensively studied in the region. The aim of this paper was to highlight the rising burden of breast cancer with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa as well as trends, characteristics, controversies and their implications for regional development. A review of published studies and documents was conducted in Medline, Scopus, Pubmed and Google using combinations of key words-breast neoplasm, breast cancer, cancer, incidence, mortality, Africa, Nigeria.
Background: African-American women have had a lower incidence, yet higher mortality rate from breast cancer compared with White-American women. African-American women also have had a higher risk for early-onset, high-grade, node-positive, and hormone receptor-negative disease. Similar features have characterized hereditary breast cancer, prompting speculation that risk factors could be genetically transmitted.