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ABC - Advocates for Breast Cancer

A Steyn, J Du Plessis, S Meyer


Breast and cervical cancer are leading causes of cancer-related mortality in South African women. Early detection of breast cancer is imperative to improve survival rates. However, public awareness is lacking and healthcare facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, particularly in the public sector, are inadequate.  A beast cancer coalition, Advocates for Breast Cancer (ABC), was formed in 2014 to campaign for a national breast healthcare policy for South Africa to prioritise the management of this disease.

Authors' affiliations

A Steyn, Immediate Past President, Reach to Recovery International, Queensland, Australia

J Du Plessis, Chief Executive Officer, People Living with Cancer, Cape Town, South Africa

S Meyer, Cancer Alliance, Cape Town, South Africa

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South African Medical Journal 2014;104(5):. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8277

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-04-01
Date published: 2014-04-05

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