It is estimated that there are over 2,000 new cases of cancer, and approximately 1,600 related deaths each year in Liberia, and the rate is anticipated to nearly double by 2030.
Women are particularly affected because of the high burden of cervical cancer which accounts for almost a third of all female cancer deaths, followed by breast cancer which claims one in five females.
Addressing a news conference in Monrovia, Dr. Barnes emphasized the need for more support to eradicating cancer from the Liberian society.
“The Liberia cancer society and our partners are committed to supporting all efforts to provide early detection, reliable diagnostic screening as well as better quality medical care for cancer patients,” Dr. Barnes said, adding, “we are working with the ministry of health to raise money and to bring in donors and supporters that will help us have a mammogram machine that is designed to do breast cancer screening”.
She said, without any symptom, a woman at a certain age needs to go for baseline screening, and thereafter based upon the recommendation from a doctor, she should regularly go for the mammogram screening.
To ensure massive public awareness on the danger associated with cancer, Dr. Barnes stated that the Liberia Cancer Society, in collaboration with the Pilipino Community and other expat residents of Liberia, is expected to commence the 1st Annual Cycling for Cancer Event on Sunday December 4, 2016 from 8 to 12 pm.
“Cancer does not have to be a death sentence! Victims of all forms of cancer must not be stigmatized; anyone can be a victim of cancer. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment are the key to overcoming cancer,” she said.