Clin Surg | Volume 3, Issue 1 | Research Article | Open Access

Breast Cancer Age in Developing Countries: The Narrowing Gap

Maha Abdel Hadi*, Reem Al Madani, Lina Abu Arida and Basema Al Ghareeb

Department of Surgery, King Fahd Hospital of the University, Al khobar, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

*Correspondance to: Maha Abdel Hadi 

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Aim: The notion that breast cancer in developing countries that it is characterized by young age appears to be changing with the fast pace of the changing life style. This review aims evaluate and document the age pattern change of breast cancer at diagnosis in a developing country.Materials and
This review was undertaken at King Fahd hospital of the university, Al Khobar Eastern province of Saudi Arabia between Jan 2000 to December 2017. All patients diagnosed with breast cancer were included. Medical records, pathology reports were thoroughly reviewed and emphasis on age at the first presentation with confirmed diagnosis was documented.
Results: The total number of patients diagnosed with breast cancer was 654 patients. Age ranged from 24 years to 91 years with the mean age of 48 years. The increasing age at diagnosis between 2000 – 2 - 17 was noticeable as it has progressively increased from peaking in the early thirties in 2000 to late mid - fifties the 2017. Almost half of the patients were within the active reproductive age group of women, ranging age between 20 to 50 years, accounting for 319 (49%). The lower occurrence was demonstrated in the lower and higher age groups. As expected the mean age has risen from early forties in 2000 to the late fifties 2016/17.Conclusion: This progressive and steady rise in age suggests the change in the demographics of breast cancer in developing countries. It appears that with the change in lifestyle that is slowly changing the disease pattern reflected by narrowing the age gap at diagnosis between the developing countries and the developed countries.


Hadi MA, Al Madani R, Abu Arida L, Al Ghareeb B. Breast Cancer Age in Developing Countries: The Narrowing Gap. Clin Surg. 2018; 3: 2074.

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