Breast Cancer Stigma and Silence In Africa
In many African countries, breast cancer patients face stigmas and misperceptions. As in other parts of the world; a woman who has breast cancer may be seen as less than a woman.
Breast cancer stigma in Africa
Other serious reasons are the lack of resources, social stigmatization, and religious beliefs can keep women from seeking help.
Patients in Africa often present with late-stage breast cancer that has spread to other organs and is very difficult to treat. The stigma around cancer is a relatively untapped field, while much research has been done around HIV/AIDS, which is also often highly stigmatized.
Breast cancer makes you less than a woman
Women in communities where men are allowed more than one wife have a great fear of being disfigured by surgery and losing a husband and support for their children.
Also in some African communities, are Muslim and women cannot expose their breasts to a male doctor or nurse as part of a screening program.
The stigma around breast cancer in Africa is a relatively untapped field, while much research has been done around HIV/AIDS, which is also often highly stigmatized.
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