Global Doc: Aware

Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. '02 | March 20, 2015

Monica, only 27 years old, watched as her left breast grew a lump over the course of two years. The entire breast eventually hardened and shriveled and adhered to the chest wall before she finally sought medical care. Unfortunately, Monica is by no means a unique case — her story is standard of cancer stories in developing countries. She knew something was terribly wrong. Most women do. So why did Monica wait so long for treatment despite having an obvious physical disfigurement? What social pressures prevented her from seeking life-saving treatment?

We’ve been doing interviews on radio and television for nearly two years, repeating that early assessment and early treatment saves lives, but still most of our patients still appear in the late stages of disease. In Rwanda we had the same problem. I’ve wondered if women don’t realize the lump in cancerous. Maybe they don’t think that cancer can be cured or they are afraid of having a mastectomy.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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