Breast cancer : descriptive profile of 80 women attending breast cancer care in the Department of General and Digestive Surgery of CHU-YO

Hierrhum Aboubacar Bambara, Abdou Azaque Zouré, Alexis Yobi Sawadogo, Abdoul Karim Ouattara, Nabonswindé Lamoussa Marie Ouédraogo, Si Simon Traoré, Youssef Bakri, Jacques Simpore ;
The Pan African Medical Journal. 2017 ;28:314. doi:10.11604/pamj.2017.28.314.10203 ;


Introduction : breast cancer is a common cause of death among women in Burkina Faso. The aim of this study was to determine a descriptive profile of 80 women and establish a description of risk factors associated with breast cancer in these women.

Methods : this cross-sectional study recruited women with breast cancer in Ouagadougou. Teaching Hospital Yalgado Ouedraogo in Burkina Faso from January 2015 to February 2016. We have collected data on socio-demographic characteristics, reproductive status, clinical information, treatment and molecular characteristics.

Results : the average age of the study population was 48.2±12.4 years. Family history of breast cancer was reported in 18.75% of the studied participants against 16.25% family history for other types of cancer. Patients from urban areas represented 87.5% of our studied population with 58.75% of household, multiparous (55.0%), no aborts status (56.2%), post-menopausal women (53.75%), no oral contraception (63.75%), regular menstrual cycle (71.25%) and the prevalence of obesity was 12.5%. The clinical and molecular characteristics showed that left-sided breast cancer accounted for 51.25 %, high grade (II and III) represented 93.75 % of cases and the majority of tumors were infiltrating ductal carcinomas (93.75%) with stages III and IV accounted for 50.0%.

Conclusion : this study described the distribution of risks factors in a population of breast cancer women. Although more research are needed to support these findings, a clear understanding of risk factors associated with breast cancer would contribute to significantly reduce breast cancer incidence and mortality in Burkina Faso.

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