Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
Vol. 27, No. 1, 2015, pp. 10-12
Bioline Code: mm15003
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malawi Medical Journal, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2015, pp. 10-12
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Pathologically confirmed breast cancer in Malawi: a descriptive study: Clinical profile of breast cancer|
Kohler, R. E.; Moses, A.; Krysiak, R.; Liomba, N. G. & Gopal, S.
Breast cancer is the most common female cancer in Africa, yet no published
studies have investigated breast cancer in Malawi. Understanding the
clinical profile of breast cancer is important to develop early diagnosis
To describe clinical and pathological characteristics of breast specimens
from a pathology laboratory at a national teaching hospital.
Secondary analysis of pathology reports from July 2011 to September
Among 85 breast cancer cases, 55% were < 50 years. Median tumor size
was 4 cm and 49% were grade 3. Median symptom duration was eight
Malawian women with breast cancer commonly have long symptom
durations prior to diagnosis, young age, and poorly differentiated tumors.
Improved clinical and pathological characterization, including hormone
receptor status, are urgently needed to better understand this disease in
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