Updated 22 August 2014

Types of cancer prevalent in SA women

The following article contains reliable information on cancer prevalence in South African women, as well as a graphic showing the various areas that can be overrun by cancer.

  1. Breast cancer - is the most prevalent cancer among South African women at large
  2. Cervical cancer - the second most prevalent cancer. Cervical cancer can easily be detected in its early stages by a Pap-smear test
  3. Uterine cancer - this type of cancer is more prevalent amongst black women than white women
  4. Lung cancer - is on the increase, as more and more women take up smoking
  5. Oesophageal cancer - this type of cancer is found frequently amongst both men and women

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