Rethinking Africa's breast cancer control strategy


Breast cancer prevention is not simply about educating and empowering women; equipping health workers with the appropriate skills and attitudes is also crucial. "In developing countries, many women arrive with late-stage tumours that could have been detected at the primary-care level. But we have not trained primary-care nurses and physicians to recognize the symptoms that could be related to cancer, to undertake clinical breast examination or to review family history of breast cancer. They have been trained to believe that these aren't the major killers of poor people, so they shouldn't be looking out for them, and they aren't."'


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