For nine months British actress Jennifer Saunders (52), of Absolutely Fabulous and French and Saunders fame, has been battling breast cancer. The good news is that she has beaten it.
Jennifer Saunders (right) seen here with Dawn French. (Image: AFP)
According to a report in the London Telegraph newspaper, she discovered a lump on her breast nine months ago but “caught the tumour early and underwent an operation to have it removed”.
Apart from breast cancer, all these women have something else in common too – friends and family helped them get through the bad days and celebrate the good ones. This is one of the aims of local breast cancer organisation Bosom Buddies.
And when you look at the following statistics of the prevalence of breast cancer in South Africa, it’s clear to see why having understanding friends is so important:
One in every 31 woman in South Africa is diagnosed with breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in South Africa.
Approximately 5% of woman diagnosed in South Africa are younger than 35 years old.
There has been an alarming increase in woman under the age of 25 being diagnosed with breast cancer.
If breast cancer is detected early enough, there is a survival rate of more than 95%.