Annals of Biomedical Sciences

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Incidence of breast cancer in HIV-infected women seen at the University of Benin teaching hospital

MI Momoh, AN Olu-Eddo


Breast cancer and HIV/AIDS are two major issues in women’s health at the beginning of the second decade of the 21ST century. Both conditions affect predominantly premenopausal women in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa. Literature on breast cancer in women with HIV are still few and most of them are case reports based on experience with 1-5 cases. No clear association has been established between breast cancer and HIV/AIDS. This study focused on the incidence of breast cancer among HIV infected patients. The incidence was 1 in 136 HIV patients. This portrays a deficit of breast cancer incidence/registration among HIV patients. Epidemiological and biological basis for this deficit have been proffered while further data collection and analysis are being undertaken.

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