In October 2008, we had a chance to take a survey during an important workshop in Buea, Cameroon. Needless to say, the results were both revealing and compelling.
Viewing these results proved to be a major motivator in our efforts to tackle these critical issues of major diseases, that still don’t receive the attention or urgency they so require.
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from the October 2008 Workshop in Buea, Cameroon
Out of 250 Surveyed:
[li] 200 know of someone affected by breast cancer with 75 saying they knew someone who had died of the disease. [/li]
[li] Only 25 participants had ever heard of a breast self exam but even fewer had performed it on themselves: 10 [/li]
[li] None had ever had a physician perform the exam or discuss with them about breast cancer prevention. [/li]
[li] 25 said they had heard of a mammogram but only 4 women had ever had a mammogram [/li]
[li] 1 participant was currently being treated for breast cancer. [/li]
[li] 4 had felt lumps which they did not know what to do about; further screening, including a mamography was recommended. [/li]
[li] 1 participant with a palapble lump the size of a quarter said her doctor had prescribed a rub and told her not to worry; that it should go away after some time. [/li]
According to Medline Plus, adults should visit their healthcare providers regularly to screen for diseases, assess risk of future medical problems, encourage a healthy lifestyle, update vaccinations and simply to maintain a relationship with a doctor in case of an illness.