For 92% of Congolese people breast cancer is a highly dangerous health threat

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 10:04

On the occasion of Pink October, dedicated to breast cancer awareness, Target conducted a statistical study across 26 provinces of DRC on the perception of this disease by Congolese. The results of this study reveal some realities about this disease in DRC. This study was presented on October 31st at a conference on October Rose, Breast Cancer organized by BOMOKO Foundation in partnership with HJ Hospital.

HJ Hospital auditorium served as a setting for this short and rich ceremony on breast cancer in DRC. In front of an audience composed of doctors, politicians, students and many curious, the ceremony revolved around several presentations on pathology, its causes, its effects, its symptoms and means of prevention. Among other things, oncologists have pointed out that early detection is the best way to prevent this cancer, which mainly affects women, but sometimes also some men. The great advice that has been given to participants is to perform a breast palpation at least once a year with a doctor to prevent this disease.

With regard to screening, Target's study demonstrated that lack of information on breast cancer screening structures is the main reason for low breast cancer screening rate in DRC. This study showed that only 18% of Congolese people have ever had to get tested, while 92% believe that cancer is a highly dangerous threat to health. In western provinces (EQUATEUR, BANDUNDU) of DRC, lack of information is coupled with absence of screening facilities, which further accentuates the dangerousness of this disease. Find all images of this conference here

1,600 people in DRC's 26 administrative centers participated in the study, which details Congolese's perception of breast cancer. The University Clinics of Kinshasa and St. Joseph's Hospital were actively involved in development of this study, which is available free of charge by email