Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 12:51 pm

More than 85% of women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease but with all the advances in science, women today have a better chance of surviving breast cancer…

The key however, is finding the cancer early.

In South Africa breast cancer is most prevalent amongst white and Asian women but it is also the second most common cancer among black and coloured women.

There has, in fact, also been an alarming increase in the incidence of breast cancer among young black South African women. This is a group that was previously considered to have the lowest breast cancer risk. Similar reports from Europe and the United States also document the rise in early onset breast cancer among young black women.

The increasing numbers of black women being diagnosed with breast cancer is cause for concern. Although there has been an increase in cancer awareness amongst black women, many are still presenting themselves at clinics very late. This makes treatment less successful and their mortality rate much higher.

The disparity is even more striking in younger black women. Pre-menopausal black women are twice as likely to get basal-like breast tumours – a particularly virulent form of breast cancer – than other women, black or white.


Buy a pink punnet of mushrooms & help a breast cancer survivor

How to assist women in need who have survived breast cancer

Every year, we call on all South Africans to support the Power of Pink campaign, a joint initiative between Reach for Recovery, the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association and Pick n Pay.

R1 from each 250g pink punnet of whole or sliced white button mushrooms goes towards providing disadvantaged women with breast prostheses after traumatic breast removal surgery.

The campaign’s big dream remains to raise enough money to provide every single breast cancer state patient (where the greatest financial need exists) with breast prostheses after a mastectomy. Buy a punnet of mushrooms today and be part of the change The Power of Pink has brought about in the lives of thousands of breast cancer survivors.

You’ll also benefit from adding good-for-you mushrooms to your diet by adding mushrooms to your shopping basket.

Need a breast cancer support group?

Reach for Recovery is a national Breast Cancer Support Organisation. Visit their website at for contact details or the National Manager at for more information.

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