Betty F Walker

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Black African women in rural South Africa have a very low incidence rate of breast cancer, 5-10 per 100,000. The rate, however, is rising in the considerably increasing urban population. During the period 1994 to 1999 in Durban, enquiries revealed an average of 57 urban patients admitted to hospital each year, from a population of about 600,000 African(More)
In many Sub-Saharan African populations, in particular urban dwellers, there have been marked rises in the prevalences of obesity in women, hypertension, diabetes, and cerebral vascular disease. Yet there have been only slight rises in coronary heart disease. To learn more of the roles of the various influencing factors in the puzzling situations described,(More)
In millennia past, and until recently, among hunter-gatherers and like populations, in all populations, in measure, down through the ages, the securing of sufficient food was life's primary purpose. Virtually all people were physically very active during early life and later in their everyday occupations. In contrast, nowadays, in Western populations, with(More)
During the early 1900s, African populations in South Africa were subject to very widespread infections which especially affected the young. This resulted in high mortality rates and a low life expectancy of 20-25 years. By the mid-century, mortality rates from infections had decreased considerably. Moreover, the occurrences of non-communicable diseases,(More)