NCID interview with Clement Adebamowo
February 1, 2013
Dr Clement Adebamowo
Institute of Human Virology, Abuja, Nigeria
The impact of breast cancer in Africa
Dr Clement Adebamowo talks about the lack of knowledge and literature on the topic of breast cancer in Africa. Only in the last decade has epidemiological data on breast cancer in Africa been published. Many cases in African countries present in women around the age of 40, where as cases in more developed countries present around 50 or 60. This disparity has many clinical, social and psychological effects; however, the number of incidences is not higher in Africa. Research also suggests that cultural attitudes towards obesity and smoking need to change. In addition, Dr Adebamowo notes that there is a need to increase the priority of screening and mammography, as well as the creation of regional centres for treatment.
These are interviews with key participants of the National Cancer Institutes Directors Meeting organized annually by the International Prevention Research Institute in Lyon, France. The interviews were produced by eCancer.