Title: From the set-up of a screening program of breast cancer patients to the identification of the first BRCA mutation in the DR Congo
Authors: Mvila, Gertrude Luyeye ×
Postema, Sandra
Marchal, Guy
Van Limbergen, Erik
Verdonck, Fons
Matthijs, Gert
Devriendt, Koenraad
Michils, Genevieve
Van Ongeval, Chantal #
Issue Date: Jul-2014
Publisher: BioMed Central
Series Title: BMC Public Health vol:14
Article number: 759
Abstract: Breast cancer incidence in African population is low compared to western countries but the mortality rate is higher and the disease presents at a younger age and at a more advanced stage. The World Health Organisation and the Breast Health Global Initiative concluded that in low and middle income countries early breast cancer detection can be achieved by informing women on symptoms of breast cancer, on the practice of breast self-examination and clinical breast examination by trained health care workers. Based on these recommendations, we set up a breast cancer awareness campaign in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This paper describes the strategy that was established and the results that were achieved.
ISSN: 1471-2458
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Human Genetics - miscellaneous
Laboratory of Experimental Radiotherapy
Alumni, Faculty of Medicine
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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