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Short Course in Breast Cancer for Healthcare Professionals

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Posted on 10 July 2012 at 12:12


Breast cancer affects as many as one in eight women during their lifetime and 1 in 10 women globally die of the disease. In the families that it affects it causes immeasurable anxiety, suffering and loss. In many of the regions of the world, it is the most frequently occurring malignant disease in women, placing an enormous drain on healthcare resources, both directly and indirectly. The burden of breast cancer worldwide in both developed and developing countries is increasing and evidence suggests that unless action is taken it will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

Effective countermeasures directed towards primary prevention, early diagnosis and therapy need to be identified and implemented to prevent the disease reaching epidemic proportions. This course will provide the professional with the latest cutting-edge information with regards breast cancer, equipping them with knowledge to diagnose breast cancer early, thereby reducing the mortality rate, as well as the cost of treatment.

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd has introduced a access initiative called Phakamisa to impact on the burden Breast Cancer has on the public system. Phakamisa navigates diagnosed Breast Cancer patients in the public sector by means of support of volunteers, educates HCP's managing Breast Cancer and ensures that more patients have access to the right drugs on state tender.


All professionals that are involved in Primary Health Care in the South African public sector.


Distance education through a comprehensive self-study guide developed by experts in the field supported by 1 day interactive contact session.


In order to ensure compliance of the self-study requirements of the course the participants will have to successfully complete a multiple-choice questionnaire. Participants need to achieve a score of 70% on the assessment questionnaire in order to pass this aspect of the course.


The course is accredited for 20 CEU's according to the HPCSA CPD Guidelines for health care professionals. 6 CEU's for workshop attendance, 14 CEU's for the assessment.


After working through this module you should:

  • Have a greater understanding of breast cancer anatomy and physiology.
  • Have a greater understanding of how breast cancer develops.
  • Understand the risk factors involved in breast cancer.
  • Be aware of the prevalence of breast cancer.
  • Have a better understanding of the screening and diagnosis of breast cancer.
  • Have the ability to detect breast cancer earlier.
  • Have a better understanding of benign breast disease.
  • Understand the staging of breast cancer.
  • Understand how breast cancer is treated.
  • Have knowledge of where to send breast cancer patients for assistance.
  • Have an understanding of the patient's rights regards to their cancer and it's treatment.
  • Have an understanding of the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis on the patient.


Full sponsorship funded by AstraZeneca, are available to participants who meet specific criteria. Sponsorship covers all tuition costs, including study material and workshops costs.

Note: Candidate must however cover their own travel and accommodation costs.


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