Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
3 minute read
21 Oct 2019
11:26 am

What you need to know about breast cancer

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

It is estimated that about 5 to 10% of breast cancers are linked to gene mutations passed through generations of a family.

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The incidence of breast cancer among South African women is increasing, and it is one of the most common cancers among women here. It is the most prevalent cancer among white and Asian women, and the second most common among black and coloured women. Early detection can lead to effective treatment and a positive prognosis. It forms in the cells of the breasts. There are two main types of breast cancer: Ductal carcinoma starts in the tubes (ducts) that carry milk from the breast to the nipple. Lobular carcinoma starts in the parts of the breast, called lobules, which produce...