The Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research (KCCR), has received a cheque for GH¢37, 706.00 to augment its research in the area of breast and prostate cancer.
This is to help develop early detection methods and treatment options for the two diseases, which are among the most common cancers globally.
Ms Susana Ndede, Human Resource Information Systems Officer, AngloGold Ashanti Ghana (AGAG) Obuasi Mine, presenting the cheque at a ceremony at Obuasi, in the Ashanti Region, said the money was a gesture from the employees and contractors of the Mine.
“We have found the need to raise funds in support of this noble cause in line with this year’s Breast and Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign,” she stated.
Ms. Ndede said considering the health implications of the two cancers, employees and contractors of the mining company were committed to working with stakeholders to enhance prevention campaigns for the benefit of the people.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide for the year 2020, were female breast cancer (2.26 million cases), lung cancer (2.21 million cases) and prostate cancer (1.41 million cases).
Ms. Ndede said the fundraising initiative held on the theme, ‘BOOBS and BALLS’, with the active participation of the AGA Health Foundation, Adansi-South District Assembly and Adansi-South Directorate of Health, was appropriate.
This is against the backdrop of the fact that everybody was at risk, she said, and advised stakeholders within the catchment area of the Obuasi Mine to embrace regular health screening for the early detection of breast and prostate cancer.
Dr. Augustina Angelina Sylverken, Senior Research Fellow, KCCR, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), on the sidelines of the programme, said there were treatments for these types of cancer, explaining that, however, this could be more effective when initiated at an early stage.
“So it is important that Ghanaians strive to undergo the recommended health screening even if one does not have any known risk factors,” the research scientist observed.
She lauded the AGAG Obuasi Mine employees and contractors for the humanitarian gesture, saying the KCCR was grateful to the mining company for its continuous assistance for research activities of the Center.