2016 Ladies First
#imnotyoungenough is a social movement led by women under 40 to promote breast cancer awareness. This campaign encourages young women to share their stories and concerns in an effort to create dialogue amongst our friends, sisters and daughters.
The African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association is dedicated to eliminate disparities in awareness, prevention and treatment of cancer for Africans. We make the difference in cancer care for people of African descent. LEARN MORE
Aims and Objectives of Medical Mission
- The aims and objectives of medical missions to African countries are:
- To visit localities with limited access to public health care and promoting awareness of self-examination, early detection and referral to treatment.
- To train and enlighten the healthcare institutions and community outreach to establish, train and maintain local presence of awareness of cancer amongst population.
- To promote general public health awareness by developing and funding local chapters that will continue the work established by such missions.
- In 2005, AWCAA had its maiden mission in Orlu State, Nigeria, in collaboration with MD Anderson from Houston Texas – 600 people were seen at that mission. Free medications were given to diagnosed patients and breast prosthesis was donated to women who had undergone mastectomy.
- In 2007, AWCAA visited Sierra Leone and reached out to 500 women.
- In 2007, AWCAA visited Enugu State and outreached to 818 women and two breast cancer surgeries were performed at no cost to the patients.
- In 2008, AWCAA donated a mammogram to Katsina State, Nigeria
- In 2009, 9 biopsies, 3 mastectomies, 1 lumpectomy, and 1 breast reconstruction were done at Anambra State in Nigeria.
- In 2010, 1,420 patients were seen in Lagos State with 67 abnormal findings – all referred to local hospitals for further treatment and follow up. Medications and equipment were donated to the countries we visited.
- In 2011, AWCAA conducted a medical mission in Sudan. 12 surgeries were performed at no cost to the individuals. 500 women were educated on breast cancer awareness
- In 2011, AWCAA conducted a medical mission in Cross River and Delta States, Nigeria serving over 4500 people. Individuals were screened for blood sugar level, cholesterol, hypertension including ophthalmologic screenings. More than 23 breast cancer cases were identified and referred for further treatment. AWCAA trained nurses on how to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, how to counsel patients on the relationship between a good nutrition habit and diabetic prevention.