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Breast Cancer killed over 627 thousand women in 2018

A recent report from World Health Organization WHO indicates that breast cancer is the most frequent cancer among women, impacting 2.1 Million women each year, and also causes the greatest number of cancer-related deaths among women.

In 2018, it is estimated that 627,000 women died from breast cancer, that is approximately 15% of all cancer deaths among women. While breast cancer rate is higher among women in more developed countries, rates are increasing in nearly every region globally. Despite mortality from breast cancer in Africa being higher than in high income countries, breast cancer has not been extensively studied in the region. Globally, about 25% and 15% of all new cancer cases and cancer deaths respectively among females were due to breast cancer.

Africa currently had the highest age-standardized breast cancer mortality rate globally, with the highest incidence rates being recorded within Sub-Saharan African sub-region. Incidence trends such as inherently aggressive tumor and younger age profile had been subject to controversies. Certain factors such as westernized diet, urbanization and possibly increasing awareness had been implicated, though their specific contributions were yet to be fully established.

It is estimated that over 1.7 Million new cases are recorded, and 521,900 deaths occurred in 2012 compared to 1.38 Million new cases and 458,000 deaths in 2008. This amounts to 25% of all new cancer cases and 15% of all cancer deaths among females. An estimated 231,840, or 29% new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed among women in the US during 2015, compared with 105.590 cases of lung cancer in the same population.

The WHO has estimated that female breast cancer resulted in a total of 5 million years of life lost globally in the past years. This represented just over 1% of all premature deaths among females, ranging from around 8% in parts of Europe to less than 0.5% in Africa. Breast cancer ranked as the fifth cause of death resulting from cancer overall of 522,000. Global trends suggested increasing incidence in the past three decades up to 2010, although some developed countries recorded trends lower than the global average.

However, over the past two decades, incidence and mortality trends had remained relatively stable and even decreasing in many developed countries. On the contrary, it had been on the rapid increase in many parts of Africa, Asia, Central and South America. The worrisome aspect however was the fact that while incidence in the African region was lower than in other continents except Asia, its age-standardized mortality rate ranked highest globally with Nigeria, the most populous African nation, having the highest mortality rate.

It has therefore become necessary that the attention of global and regional policy-makers, researchers and the general public be drawn to the growing danger that breast cancer could pose to Africa’s development, especially in the Sub-Saharan regions where little attention is being paid on non-communicable diseases, probably due to the high burden of communicable diseases.

In order to improve breast cancer outcomes and survival, early detection is critical. There are two early detection strategies for breast cancer; early diagnosis and screening. Limited resource settings with weak health systems where the majority of women are diagnosed in late stages should prioritize early diagnosis programmes based on awareness of early signs and symptoms and prompt referral to diagnosis and treatment.

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Vee Mampeezy wants to marry again!

28th November 2022

In May 2014, controversial pint sized musician, Odirile Sento married his longtime girlfriend, Kagiso Sento in a glamorous wedding, not knowing that eight years later, the two will be fighting until the very end of their holy union.

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Mental health is one critical element in someone’s life but gloomily, it is often overlooked. Topics centered on mental health and depression dominate the public discourse. The national conversation surrounding mental wellness, both online and offline has aided in the stigma of suffering from depression being removed, slowly but surely.

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TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch

14th October 2022

On Saturday 29 October 2022 (11:00- 15:00) Bash Connektor will be presenting their 1st TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch which will be hosted by Basadi’Bash’Masimolole. Tatso. A Setswana word. Taste  .Tatso / ta-tso/. verb.

The Brunch will be held at Myhomecafe by Mogobane Dam and tickets are selling at P650 per person. Only 50 tickets available and sold through pre-booking. The value of the offering will be a brunch meal + bottomless mimosas + connekting conversations that matter with leading women in corporate and entrepreneurship. This is an inspirational / empowerment connekting session for Women.

Bash Connektor is a Marketing Company with a twist founded in March 2022 by Basadi Bash Masimolole who has 15 years plus Marketing Experience. The INTENT of Bash Connektor is to Link People, Experiences, and Brands. The K instead of C is INTENTIONAL. We are all about contributing towards AMPLIFYING brand and country messages through curating experiential offerings and connekting conversations that matter, said Basadi Masimolole.

With a sponsor or funding, Basadi Masimolole’s ultimate goal is to have visual podcasts and empowerment connektor sessions at villages as part of cultural tourism and contributing towards the Botswana Government’s Rural Areas Development Program (RADP).

Individuals interested in purchasing the limited number tickets or Brands interested in participating on the TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch through sponsorships/ brand placement opportunities can reach Basadi’Bash’Masimolole on +267 7140 6660 / masimololebasadi@gmail.com / Bash Connektor Facebook page.

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