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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 49-51

The age of natural menopause of breast cancer patients in Benin, Nigeria

1 Department of Surgery, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
2 Department of Morbid Anatomy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
3 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria

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M I Momoh
Department of Surgery, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, PMB 1111, Benin-city
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Background: Late menopause is a well recognized risk factor for breast cancer. It is menopause attained at age of 55 years and above. Aim: This study was to determine the ages at menopause of both well women and female breast cancer patients in Midwestern Nigeria. Methodology: This was a prospective data analysis of all histologically diagnosed breast cancer patients, using Microsoft Excel Software. Result: Analysis of data of the 145 female patients histologically diagnosed with breast cancer had mean and median ages of 49.03 ±4.27 years and 48 years, respectively. Only 5(3.45%) of 145 patients had menopause at age of 55 years and above. Late menopause therefore, may yet not be a dominant risk factor for breast cancer in our environment as life expectancy of our women is about 48 years. Conclusion: We, therefore, recommend continuous study of the individual risk factors for breast cancer to identify those factors at play now in our environment.

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