Dr Eve, clinical sexologist says 1 in 8 white women and 35 per 100 000 black women, will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.
Dr. Eve goes on to say that there isn't a good register to accurately keep track of the diagnosis and incidence numbers. She adds that it is far worse in the public sector.
Earlier this year, Dr Eve met with a couple whose sex life has been severely affected by cancer.
Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a traumatic event for every woman and their partners because of what the symbolism of breasts are in terms of sexuality and femininity.— Dr Eve, clinical sexologist
Dr. Eve explains that shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer, women and their partners tend to feel and carry a lot of fear and shame.
She adds that 70% of breast cancer survivors have got sexual dysfunction that persists into their first year treatment and worsens over time.
You know, when you are going in, that you are going to have some kind of sexual dysfunction but in that time of trauma you are not feeling sexy, you are not thinking sexuality and nobody else is, so you think this is just going to be about survival.— Dr Eve, clinical sexologist
This is painful reading. Even though I'm a man, it left me traumatised. I fear for my wife, daughters (and myself in case my wife gets it).— Sakhile Njoko (@The_Njoko) July 28, 2017
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