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August 1988

Clinicopathologic Analysis of Carcinoma of the Breast in an African Population

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery (Drs Ngala Kenda and Veyi) and Pathology (Dr Chirimwami), Kinshasa University Hospital, Zaire.

Arch Surg. 1988;123(8):972-974. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400320058012

• A ten-year survey at Kinshasa University Hospital, Zaĭre, has shown that carcinoma of the breast is relatively common and accounts for 23% of all solid cancers in women. In most respects the growth is similar to that seen elsewhere. However, certain features not usually reported were noted: (1) Patients in Zaĭre are, overall, about ten years younger than those seen in western populations. (2) Compared with western data, the disease here is significantly associated with multiparity and breast-feeding. The reasons for these differences are not clear at present.

(Arch Surg 1988;123:972-974)