Pathways to breast cancer presentation – Associate Professor Jennifer Moodley
Associate Professor Jennifer Moodley
Dept Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town
Pathways to breast cancer presentation.
Breast cancer is a major public health burden and remains the commonest cancer among women worldwide, including in South Africa. Similar to other developing countries, the majority of patients in South Africa present with late stage disease which is associated with a poorer outcome. Research on factors associated with delayed breast cancer presentation from developing countries is limited. The aim of the project is to explore and understand women’s pathway to breast cancer diagnosis and factors influencing this journey determine magnitude of and factors associated with delayed presentation of breast cancer. Qualitative and quantitative research methods will be used to meet the study objectives. Results of the study could have public benefit by providing information for targeted early detection interventions.
The cross-sectional survey to determine the average time from discovery of breast changes to breast cancer diagnosis and factors associated with pathways to care commenced in May 2015. Newly diagnosed patients, 18 years or older are recruited at a tertiary hospital breast clinic in the Western Cape Province. Once informed consent is obtained a trained interviewer collects the relevant information using a structured questionnaire. Interviews are conducted in the main language of the participant. Data collection has been completed and a total of 204 women with newly diagnosed breast cancer were interviewed. Data is currently being analysed.