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Mammography: a review of records in the Department of Radiology at a National Referral Hospital in Uganda.

Kiguli-Malwadde E, Mubuuke RG, Bugeza S, Mutungi B - Pan Afr Med J (2014)

Bottom Line: The total number of patients was 382 with a mean age of 46 years.Majority presented with breast pain and masses.There is therefore need for governments in Uganda, but in other areas as well to support regular mammography screening as a way of reducing mortality from breast cancer.

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Affiliation: Department of Radiology, Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda.

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Introduction: Breast cancer is one of the leading cancers amongst women world-wide. Although mortality has been reduced and survival rates increased in developed countries, mortality rates from breast cancer are still a major health challenge for many developing countries. In Uganda, there are no screening programmes and in many cases mammography is used for diagnostic purposes. The purpose of this study was to describe the clinical presentations and mammographic breast density patterns amongst women that presented to the radiology department for mammography at a national referral hospital.

Methods: This was a retrospective study carried out at Mulago Hospital in Uganda between January 2011 and January 2012. Records for patients who had mammography during this period were reviewed.

Results: The total number of patients was 382 with a mean age of 46 years. Majority presented with breast pain and masses. Mammograms done were normal in majority of the women with fatty breast density dominating. In Uganda, mammography was mainly performed for diagnostic purposes.

Conclusion: There is no mammography screening programme in Uganda and many women cannot access the service due to its limited availability and costs despite its significance in breast cancer management. There is therefore need for governments in Uganda, but in other areas as well to support regular mammography screening as a way of reducing mortality from breast cancer.

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Mentions: The total number of patients was 382, of whom 378(98.9%) were female and only 4(1.1%) male. Although the majority came from Buganda, their tribes were quite diverse with patients from Ateso, Banyoro, Banyankole and many others. Their ages ranged from 25 to 88 with a mean age of 46 (Figure 1). The average number of pregnancies per woman was 5, with the least being 0 and the most 15. The average age at menarche was 14, with the youngest at 9 and oldest at 18 years. Most of them had their menopausal status pre-menopausal (54.5%), post (39%) and not indicated (6.5%)


Mammography: a review of records in the Department of Radiology at a National Referral Hospital in Uganda.

Kiguli-Malwadde E, Mubuuke RG, Bugeza S, Mutungi B - Pan Afr Med J (2014)

Age range of the patients
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4231318&req=5

Figure 0001: Age range of the patients
Mentions: The total number of patients was 382, of whom 378(98.9%) were female and only 4(1.1%) male. Although the majority came from Buganda, their tribes were quite diverse with patients from Ateso, Banyoro, Banyankole and many others. Their ages ranged from 25 to 88 with a mean age of 46 (Figure 1). The average number of pregnancies per woman was 5, with the least being 0 and the most 15. The average age at menarche was 14, with the youngest at 9 and oldest at 18 years. Most of them had their menopausal status pre-menopausal (54.5%), post (39%) and not indicated (6.5%)

Bottom Line: The total number of patients was 382 with a mean age of 46 years.Majority presented with breast pain and masses.There is therefore need for governments in Uganda, but in other areas as well to support regular mammography screening as a way of reducing mortality from breast cancer.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Radiology, Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Breast cancer is one of the leading cancers amongst women world-wide. Although mortality has been reduced and survival rates increased in developed countries, mortality rates from breast cancer are still a major health challenge for many developing countries. In Uganda, there are no screening programmes and in many cases mammography is used for diagnostic purposes. The purpose of this study was to describe the clinical presentations and mammographic breast density patterns amongst women that presented to the radiology department for mammography at a national referral hospital.

Methods: This was a retrospective study carried out at Mulago Hospital in Uganda between January 2011 and January 2012. Records for patients who had mammography during this period were reviewed.

Results: The total number of patients was 382 with a mean age of 46 years. Majority presented with breast pain and masses. Mammograms done were normal in majority of the women with fatty breast density dominating. In Uganda, mammography was mainly performed for diagnostic purposes.

Conclusion: There is no mammography screening programme in Uganda and many women cannot access the service due to its limited availability and costs despite its significance in breast cancer management. There is therefore need for governments in Uganda, but in other areas as well to support regular mammography screening as a way of reducing mortality from breast cancer.

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Related in: MedlinePlus