Follow-up of Breast Cancer Patients in Ghana: Challenges to Community-based Surveillance

Dennis O. Laryea, Baffour Awuah, Yaw A. Amoako, Samuel Mensah, Fred K. Awittor


Cancer-related deaths have been projected to increase in sub-Saharan Africa. Cancer control programmes require good quality data in order to provide information for planning and implementing cancer control and prevention activities. Cancer registration and follow-up of cancer cases to estimate survival are useful tools in cancer control programmes. We followed up 136 cases of breast cancer diagnosed from the year 2006 to 2008. The majority of cases (62.5%) could not be reached either by phone or at the residential address indicated in the folders. We recommend a strengthened system of demographic information collection on cases for effective surveillance.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *