Technology invented by young doctor Conrad Tankou has made cervical and breast cancer screening easier in rural areas of Bamenda in northwestern Cameroon.
According to figures from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, breast cancer has the highest occurrence among women in Cameroon with an age-specific ratio of 2,625 new cases per 100,000 women per year.
Called Gicmed, Conrad’s technology project was developed to solve these problems.
It spans three phases. The first began in 2017. It is based on the use of a unique and atypical device.
In particular, a telemedicine and pathology reading platform. It enables a trained doctor to collect data from patients after screening. The data is then sent to a specialist based anywhere for confirmation of a diagnosis without having to travel long distances.
According to the promoter, its impact is positive. He reported that more than 4,000 women have benefited since its launch.
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