DR CAROL-ANN BENN


Dr. Carol-Ann Benn is considered to be one of the top breast-cancer experts in South Africa. Her commitment and determination to the field has seen her help many women during their life changing struggle with this hereditary condition.
After working as a surgeon at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital for six years, in 1998, Carol-Ann was faced with the decision of which direction to take her career in.


With the help of Dr Myron Lange, a breast cancer specialist with 30 years experience, Carol-Ann learned about breast disease, which furthered her love for the subject. She has subsequently established a breast cancer clinic at three other hospitals: Baragwanath, Helen Joseph and Milpark. In addition to this remarkable achievement, Carol-Ann is a doctor who has built incredible loyalty to her patients and at Wits University, where she currently teaches.


In 2002 she established the Breast Health Foundation, a national body based in Johannesburg that aims to educate patients and the medical fraternity through forums and outreach programmes.


A support group called Bosom Buddies is a spin-off from the foundation. It deals with pre- and post-admission in breast cancer cases, filling in the gap between when a woman has been diagnosed and before her admission for breast surgery.

 

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