Breast cancer, the most common cancer worldwide, is reportedly the leading cause of cancer mortality in Ghanaian women.
In finding a solution to this problem, Milagros Mensah started RFCA Ghana in 2013 with the aim to turn the breast cancer mortality rate in Ghana into the survival rate, by creating greater awareness through targeted education that erases societal stigmas and by forming strategic alliances.
Milagros Mensah is a native Venezuelan, and has been involved with Run For A Cure Africa (RFCA) since its inception, first as a volunteer while living in Nigeria and then as a founding member of RFCA Ghana where she moved in 2011 with her husband and three children.
Her passion for RFCA derives from her personal experience, having lost her mother to breast cancer at a young age. She learned first-hand the impact of the disease and vowed to focus her energy on contributing her time and resources to winning the fight against breast cancer.
Milagros runs RFCA Ghana with the help of Rose Ohuegbe and Ebele Mbanugo, who are also very passionate about the fight against breast cancer.
RFCA Ghana focuses their resources on early detection and early treatment of breast cancer in Ghana by providing free screenings to the less privileged women throughout the year in the country. They have performed over 200 awareness and training sessions in Breast Self-Examination (BSE) in the Western Region, Volta Region, Eastern Region, and Greater Accra Region.
In addition to that, Milagros and her team also develop and offer free educational materials and facilitate culturally sensitive community dialogues.
RFCA Ghana donated a $55,000 mammogram machine to the St. Martin de Porres, Ekwe (Western Region) in 2015, and a $125,000 mammogram machine to the Scared Heart Catholic Hospital Abor in 2017.
The NGO has also purchased and donated 300 prostheses for their partner, Reach For Recovery Ghana, to support women who have undergone mastectomies as part of the counselling and recovery kits for cancer patients.
Through the breast cancer screenings and training sessions they have offered, to date over 3,000 women have been served. RFCA is also currently full funding the treatment of some cancer patients.
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