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17th January 2012, 06:20 PM
Medical experts and scientists from the Purdue University in the United States and their Ghanaian counterparts are studying the relationship between diet and breastt cancer.

President of Breastt Care International, Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addae, leads the initiative which is being conducted in Ghana.

The US team which is already in Ghana, is optimistic the research findings will help to establish the cause of breastt cancer to ensure adequate treatment.

It is estimated one woman dies of breastt cancer every 69 seconds the world over despite continued education on the disease.

Scientists and researchers have often been blamed for concentrating only on treatment and detection at the expense of prevention.

Research into dieting as major cause of breastt cancer started about a year ago, with the World Health Organization concentrating the activity in Africa.

Many breastt cancer patients on the continent are unable to go through full courses of treatment because of high cost.

Professor Sophire Lelievre, Associate Director of Discovery Group at the Purdue Center for Cancer Research, leads the American team.

She says the study will also seek to establish collaboration on how cultural and religious practices affect dietary patterns and the impact on breastt health.

Dr. Beartrice Wiafe Addae also chairs the Susan Komen Ghana Race for the Cure and the Ghana Breastt Cancer Alliance.

She says the project will look into factors such as how cellular mechanism in breastt cancer development is linked to diet.

Dr. Wiafe Addae indicates the role of public policy on food will also be considered.

Kumasi Mayor, Samuel Sarpong, called for concerted effort to finding the source of breastt cancer.

Meanwhile, Breastt Care International has presented cancer drugs worth 6million US dollars to selected health centers in the country.

The drugs were donated by the Cancer Coalition in the United States of America to be distributed free of charge to breastt cancer patients.