Breast cancer

Overview Breast cancer is a disease in which abnormal breast cells grow out of control and form tumours. The earliest form (in situ) is not life-threatening.

However, these cancerous cells can spread (if left unattended) into nearby breast tissues (invasion) and in the worst case scenario to distal organs (metastasis).

Scope of the problem According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer and 685,000 breast cancer related deaths globally in 2020 alone. As of the end of 2020, there were 7.8 million women alive who were diagnosed with breast cancer in the past five years, making it the world’s most prevalent cancer.

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Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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