NMIMR Fights Breast Cancer with UG-Hospital

The Department of Clinical Pathology last Friday, 29th of October as part of the role in raising awareness about breast cancer in October, held a free breast screening at the University of Ghana, Legon near the Night Market under the theme "Feel for lumps, save your bumps".

This was done in collaboration with the University of Ghana Hospital with sponsorship from the Ladies of AngloGold Ashanti in Obuasi. The breast cancer awareness campaign is line with the World Health Organization (WHO) objective of reducing the rate of breast cancer especially among women.

The Head of Department of Clinical Pathology, Professor Regina Appiah-Opong indicated that the department focuses on cancers and conducts research into medicines that are useful in treating cancers. 

Prof. Regina Appiah-Opong, Head of Clinical Pathology Department

She further explained that there are many reasons people get cancers however it is not always possible to tell why they get it but it is important to get to know about it early to take the necessary action on time. "We are here to screen women on the University of Ghana campus because this is our home. We found it necessary to start from here. We are doing this in collaboration with the university hospital", she added.

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 "We find it necessary to join the worldwide program setting aside the month of October to celebrate cancer awareness across the length and breadth of the country. We feel that we are very much associated with it because it is a core part of the research that we do. Therefore we should join in this effort", she said.

According to her they had support from the AngloGold Ashanti Ladies. Adding that "AngloGold Ghana Ladies invited and gave us some funds to support our breast cancer research and we are very grateful for their donation".

She further indicated that breast cancer is a major problem affecting women all over the world which is ranked the third among the cancers affecting women. She opined that "breast cancer is the major cause of death of cancers in women".

Professor Appiah-Opong explained that the major challenge facing women in the West African sub-region is the lack of awareness about breast cancer. She added that "people report late to hospitals and by the time they get to the hospital there is almost nothing that can be done to salvage it. And they only probably need palliative care. We therefore want to use this platform to encourage the women that it is always possible to do something about it at the early stage".

 The outreach witnessed the screening of over 100 women and a few  men. 

 

Participants waiting to be screened

Nursing Officer interacting with a participant

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), set up in 1979 as a semi autonomous institute of the University, is the leading biomedical research facility in Ghana.

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