AGA gives Cancer research a boost

November 23, 2021 By 0 Comments

Officials of AGA Presenting the gesture to KCCR at Obuasi.

In an attempt to give research work on breast and prostate cancer a boost, AngloGold Ashanti (AGA), a multi-national mining company, has donated GH¢37,706  to the Kumasi Centre For Collaborative Research (KCCR).

The gesture seeks to facilitate research on Prostate and Breast Cancer.  The gesture also included five boxes of hand gels.

Dubbed “Boobs and Balls,” the AGA, in collaboration with its contractors, undertook a fundraising initiative where employees donated, as part of their contribution, towards further research to develop early detection methods, treatment options, as well as prevention campaigns for all.

At a short ceremony at AGA over the weekend, where the mining company presented a dummy cheque to the scientific organisation, Ms. Susana Ndede, Human Resource Information Systems Officer at the AGA, made the presentation to the KCCR.

In an interview with the media, Ms. Ndede explained that every year, AGA employees, including their offices in Accra and their contractors, come together to create awareness on breast and prostate cancer.

According to her, they raise funds for the early detection, treatment, and campaign on these two cancers, namely breast and prostate cancer, because these diseases are the major cancers in Ghana affecting women and men.

On the relationship between AGA and KCCR, Ms Ndede explained that the mining company has a well-established relationship with the KCCR, and disclosed that last year, AGA donated cash to KCCR, which the research institution had been using for research on the early detection and treatments of prostate and breast cancer,.

Susana Ndede stated that AGA was committed to partnering stakeholders to promote good health and education in their host communities, and the nation, in a safe mining environment.

On her part, Dr Mrs Augustina Angelina Sylverken, a Senior Research Fellow at the KCCR for tropical medicine, who also lectures at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), lauded AGA for the gesture, saying it was timely, looking at the current situation they found themselves .

According to Dr. Angelina Sylverken, even beyond Covid-19, the KCCR currently sees a lot of non-communicable diseases gradually seeping into the environment, because of several risk factors.

She told the media that the donation by the staff of AGA would aid KCCR to initiate awareness programmes, conduct research in the area of cancers, where KCCR intends to look into breast cancers, prostate cancers, and other types of cancers.

Responding to questions on factors which lead to an uptick in cases of cancer in Ghana, the Scientist mentioned genetics and lifestyles – what we eat, drink, and skin care products among others as causes of cancers.

On prostate, Mrs Augustina Sylverken noted that it had to do with age in men and hereditary as the two main factors which are key risk factors of prostate cancer.

According to Dr. Sylverken, if awareness was not created, people would not know there was even breast or prostate cancer, but if they inform and give out information and people realise that, indeed, this was a big issue, especially in their community, people would be on the alert, and if they see any changes in their bodies, being the breast and prostate, they would obviously go to the hospital and get themselves checked.

The Scientist indicated that people assume that because women have breasts they are prone to breast cancer, but the reality is that it also affects men on other parts of the body.