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ajbabe
16th January 2012, 11:12 PM
An initiative that seek to find out more about the role diet and other environmental factors play in the promotion and prevention of breastt cancer, has been launched in Kumasi on Monday.

Dubbed: “International breastt Cancer and Nutrition Project (IBCNP), the programme also aims at bringing together experts in nutrition, basic medical science, statistic, cancer epidemiology, communication, public policy, economics, health law, anthropology and medicine to study variety of factors, including how cellular mechanisms in breastt cancer development link to diet, and food source and disease prevention.

Another objective is to identify the connection between different types of breastt cancer, nutrition and epigenome.

Some scientists and researchers from the Purdue University in the United States of America (USA) are spearheading the project in response to a call by the World Health Organization to scientists from around the world to help shift efforts from detection of disease towards primary prevention.

It is being piloted in Ghana, USA, France, Japan, Uruguay and Lebanon.

Each country has selected a team of renowned scientists and researchers to focus on a number of milestones and allow them to study worldwide diversity in breastt cancer rates, dietary patterns and cultural practices.

The team of Ghana is led by Dr Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai, Chief Executive of breastt Care International and Peace and Love Hospital in Kumasi and includes scientists from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Speaking at the launch of the project, Mr Samuel Sarpong, Chief Executive of Metropolitan Assembly, said the difficulty in the fight against breastt cancer called for a shift in approach.

He called for collaboration between medical officials, sociologists, nutritionists, physicians, researchers and other paramedical staff to fight breastt cancer.

Mr Sarpong praised Dr Mrs Addai for her pioneering role in the fight against the disease and advised women to always conduct self breastt examination and seek early treatment.

Professor Sophie A. Lelievre, Leader of the research team from Purdue University, said the project had become necessary due to the continued spread of breastt cancer, worldwide.

Dr Mrs Addai said though much awareness had been created about breastt cancer, emphasis had not been placed on primary prevention.

She said the project would help to establish how nutrition and diet could help in the promotion of prevention of the disease in Africa. GNA

Angel
23rd January 2012, 11:52 AM
He called for collaboration between medical officials, sociologists, nutritionists, physicians, researchers and other paramedical staff to fight breastt cancer.