The Breast Cancer Prevention and Control Policy is an important document aimed at prioritising breast cancer awareness, prevention, treatment and care in South Africa. It provides the clinical support for women, who are both at-risk of developing the disease later in life and are currently undergoing treatment, to survive and live healthy lives.
Breast cancer, along with cervical cancer, has been identified as a national priority in South Africa. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer and a leading cause of death among South African women. The increasing incidence of breast cancer is a major health concern with 19.4 million women aged 15 years and older at-risk of contracting the disease. Per the National Cancer Registry in 2012, 8 203 new cases of breast were observed. Given the recent advances in medicine and technology, however, we have a tremendous opportunity to attack breast cancer energetically and effectively with a revised national programme.