Breast cancer

Updated 29 October 2014

Twitter could become your breast cancer information source

Although tweets are limited to just 140 characters, much can be learnt about a wide range of topics. Here's how you can learn more about breast cancer and spread awareness of the disease using Twitter.


Cancer is one of the most serious diseases women face. Apart from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women of all races, with a lifetime risk of about 1 in 35 in South Africa*. It is essential to be aware of all types of cancer which is why being well informed and educated is so important.

Peer support

There are many Twitter accounts out there which can be of interest, including, @HealthZA, which consists of official tweets from the National Department of Health South Africa, or @SACancerbuddies, a South African NGO project for people living with cancer provides peer support to newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families can be beneficial.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so show your support for this disease that affects so many families in South Africa. Have you been tested? Find out where you can get a mammography by following @ThePinkDrive which is a mobile mammography and educational unit that takes breast cancer education and screening to the women of South Africa, or follow the Founder and Director of PinkDrive @PinkDriveNoels as she spreads her passion about creating awareness and educating people about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

For those who have been directly or indirectly affected by this disease and seek support and inspiration, it might be useful to reach out to @CancerInspire – they support the fight against cancer. Their mission is to make a positive influence in the lives of everyone who is involved. Or follow a cancer survivor @liesldb

You may even be part of a movement group who want to make a difference and in this case you might find @BreastCancerABC, an active breast cancer organisations with the driving goal of lobbying government to develop and implement an effective Breast Health Policy, interesting.

* According to the 2007 National Cancer Registry

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The inspiring story of a breast cancer survivor


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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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