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Why is breast cancer detection late in Ghana?

Studying more about the detection and treatment of breast disease in Ghanaian women

Although breast cancer is on the rise in Africa, few well-designed molecular epidemiologic studies have been conducted. Such studies are vital for disease surveillance and public health preparedness.

Westat provided expertise to investigators at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to design a breast cancer case-control study called the Ghana Breast Health Study, which took place in the 2 largest metropolitan areas in Ghana: Accra and Kumasi. 

Between 2013 and 2016, the study enrolled 2,200+ potential breast cancer cases and 2,160+ population controls. Eligible participants were asked to

  • Complete an extensive risk factor questionnaire
  • Have anthropometry measurements taken
  • Provide specimens, including saliva, blood, stool, and biopsy or surgical tissue (cases only)

Westat also served as the central coordinating center for the study.

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