Demographic And Clinical Profile Of Patients Diagnosed With Breast Cancer In Port Harcourt: Implications For Targeted Screening


  • Solomon N. Elenwo Department of Surgery, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt
  • Rex Friday Ogoronte A. Ijah Department of Surgery, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt
  • Alexander A. Dimoko Department of Surgery, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt


Demographic profile, Clinical profile, Breast cancer, Implications for Targeted Screening, Port Harcourt.


Aim: This study aims at determining the demographic and clinical profile of patients diagnosed with breast cancer from July 2016 to June 2019 in Port Harcourt and their implications for targeted screening.

Background: The role of risk factors in breast cancer mortality has been reported. Statistics on breast cancer differ from region to region. Our unique regional characteristics, therefore, could be harnessed for future care.

Materials and Methods: This descriptive retrospective study was carried out at the breast clinic and general surgery wards of a tertiary healthcare facility using the medical records of all patients with histologically confirmed breast cancer seen between July 2016 and June 2019. Data was analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20.0.

Results: The median age at diagnosis of breast cancer was 41.0years with a range of 20 – 75years. The median age at menarche was 14.0years. Most of the patients, 47 (77.1%) presented with duration of symptoms of ≤12months. The most common stage at presentation was stage III cancer.

Conclusion: The relatively younger age at presentation/diagnosis of breast cancer in our subregion could be a strong and viable reason for advocacy for early commencement of age-targeted breast cancer screening from 25years.

Author Biographies

Solomon N. Elenwo, Department of Surgery, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt

Surgery Department, General Surgeon & Senior Lecturer

Rex Friday Ogoronte A. Ijah, Department of Surgery, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt

Department of Surgery, General Surgeon

Alexander A. Dimoko, Department of Surgery, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt

Department of Surgery, General Surgeon


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Elenwo, S. N., Ijah, R. F. O. A., & Dimoko, A. A. (2022). Demographic And Clinical Profile Of Patients Diagnosed With Breast Cancer In Port Harcourt: Implications For Targeted Screening. The Nigerian Health Journal, 21(4), 174–186. Retrieved from

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