The University of Cape Coast is to intensify its annual breast cancer awareness screening for women in the Central Region with a newly developed breast cancer tool. This was announced by the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah at the 1st Session of the 52nd Congregation.
In his report, Prof. Ampiah said “The University of Cape Coast in a collaborative venture with Mammorcare Ghana and Highland Innovations Centre in Scotland, UK have developed a new light-based breast cancer screening tool called the Breast-I. The device is a world-class scientific tool for detecting breast masses developed with the black African woman in mind and was developed from collaborative research by lecturers at the Department of Chemical Pathology, Surgery and Medical Biochemistry, all of the University of Cape Coast”.
In order to commercialize the device, Professor Ghartey Ampiah said “all necessary legal documentations have been acquired from the Ghana Standards Authority” adding that “Health Care Equipment Medical Group, an international marketing company, has been brought on board to manufacture and market the Breast-I device”.
To start its use, he indicated that “the department of chemical pathology jointly with the Breast Society of Ghana and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection are set to roll out a breast screening exercise with the new light-based breast cancer screening tool for women in the Central Region”.
It is expected that once the exercise becomes fully operational, there would be a tremendous decrease in recorded cases of breast cancer in the region and the country at large.