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Short Course in Breast Cancer for Volunteers - Contact Tuition

Interests: Breast Cancer / Volunteers


Breast cancer affects as many as one in eight women during their lifetime and 1 in 10 women globally die of the disease. In the families that it affects it causes immeasurable anxiety, suffering and loss. In many of the regions of the world, it is the most frequently occurring malignant disease in women, placing an enormous drain on healthcare resources, both directly and indirectly. The burden of breast cancer worldwide in both developed and developing countries is increasing and evidence suggests that unless action is taken it will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. Effective countermeasures directed towards primary prevention, early diagnosis and therapy need to be identified and implemented to prevent the disease reaching epidemic proportions. This course will provide the professional with the latest cutting-edge information with regards breast cancer, equipping them with knowledge to diagnose breast cancer early, thereby reducing the mortality rate, as well as the cost of treatment.

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Who Should Enrol

All breast cancer volunteers

Course Design

Distance education through a comprehensive self-study guide developed by experts in the field supported by 1 day interactive contact session.

Learning Outcomes

After working through this module you should:

  • General Cancer Knowledge
  • General Breast Cancer knowledge
  • Knowledge of risk factors and prevalence of breast cancer
  • An understanding of the anatomy of the breast
  • Knowledge of the different types of breast cancer, and the most common breast cancer
  • Knowledge of how breast cancer is detected
  • General knowledge of the treatment of cancer
  • Knowledge of the side-effects of cancer treatment
  • An understanding of the emotional impact of a diagnosis on a patient
  • An understanding of communication techniques to help a cancer patient
  • An understanding of the nutrition and cancer
  • Breast self- examination knowledge
  • Knowledge of where to send breast cancer patients for assistance
  • An understanding of how to be a good cancer support volunteer
  • An understanding of death and dying and knowledge of the fears that a cancer patient and their families experience
  • Knowledge on providing support to cancer patients and their families
  • The ability to help cancer patients live positively with cancer


Participants need to achieve a score of 70% on the assessment questionnaire in order to pass this aspect of the course.


R 2 470.00 (Inclusive of all VAT and Taxes where applicable)

Course dates and venue to be confirmed. For more information please see contact details below.

Contact Details

Dr. Margot Uys

Tel: 012 816 9000
Fax: 086 502 5688
E-mail: healthscience@foundation.co.za
Address: PO Box 75324, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040
Website: www.foundation.co.za