South Africa & Breast Cancer: Great Big Glaring Gaps

In our post, Reality Bites, about the reality of breast cancer in South Africa, we explained what the entire breast cancer basket of services is that one can expect – and has the right to receive. We need to, however, unpack this issue even more.

Specialist Breast Clinics are available in both the Public and Private sectors. Unsurprisingly and inequitably, there are more options in the Private sector.

Specialist Breast Clinics in South Africa

As per the map, Specialist Breast Clinics can be found in the following South African cities:

  • Pretoria
  • Johannesburg
  • Durban
  • East London
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Cape Town
  • Bloemfontein

In effect, this means that if you live in the Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Northern Cape, North-West that there is NO dedicated specialist breast health unit in your province!

This is NOT equal treatment or equitable access which are our basic rights according to the South African Constitution.

A standardised and sustainable Breast Health Policy can change this. 

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