According to government statistics, breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among white and Asian women and the second most common cancer among black and coloured women.


“This is why an awareness campaign such as Breast Cancer Awareness Month is so important,” says Prof Welma Lubbe from the School of Nursing. A breast cancer survivor herself, she says there are various support groups for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, for instance the CANSA care centres. Other valuable resource and support websites are Pink Drive and


With Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October still fresh in our minds, Prof Welma Lubbe from the School of Nursing shares her story on surviving breast cancer. She also tells us why early detection and treatment are necessary.

Surviving cancer

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