Paper Title
Redefining Sexuality After Breast Cancer: Young Black African Women

Sexuality can be seen as a deep, pervasive and integral aspect of the total human personality. It exists in all interactions and contexts and relates directly to the wellbeing and experience of sexual beings. It is informed by physical attributes and people’s understanding of attractiveness, which are influenced by their sociocultural ideals. Such ideals are challenged once women are diagnosed and have undergone invasive breast cancer treatment and surgery, which has the potential for a negative permanent impact on body image and self-esteem. Through qualitatively collected narratives, this study provides a contemporary contextualization of experiences of 15 young Black African women, from Durban, as they attempt to redefine their sexuality after invasive breast cancer treatment. Keywords - Sexuality, Women, Breast Cancer