Mammography on Wheels in Ghana

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To aid in the nation’s early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, the national center for radiotherapy and nuclear medicine at the Korle Bu teaching hospital is working to build a mobile mammography unit.

But for the center to realize its 25th anniversary dream, it must fund at least $1.35 million.

In Ghana, breast cancer is the second most lethal type of cancer.

Over 4,000 instances of breast cancer are diagnosed and over 2,000 people pass away every year, according to the national center for radiotherapy and nuclear medicine at the Korle Bu teaching hospital.

Officials claim that the high number of breast cancer fatalities is caused by late diagnosis, and they also link late reporting to mammography’s widespread accessibility issues.

The tale of Asana Bansibila encapsulated everything.

At the age of 16, in a village in the Nadoli-Kaleo district in the upper west region, she discovered a lamp in one of her breasts.

Her confinement to the village to look for herbal remedies followed a variety of interpretations.

She had advanced breast cancer when she was identified as having it in October 2022 during a cancer awareness and screening campaign.

Asana’s story served as a symbol for the thousands of women around the nation who suffer needlessly as a result of ignorance and a lack of mammography.

The national center for radiotherapy and nuclear medicine intends to set up a mobile mammography equipment in order to lessen these difficulties.

However, the center needs to fund an estimated $1.35 million to fulfill this goal.

Yaw Osafo Marfo, a top presidential counselor, praised the initiative and urged business cooperation.

To offer the public with the necessary care and breast screening services, a mammography van will be on the road throughout the country.

By Peter Quao Adattor

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