Many of us have lost mothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, and friends to breast cancer and while the fight for a cure continues, a new development by Sandra Musujusu is a huge breakthrough for cancer patients.
The Sierra Leonean Sandra Musujusu attends the African University of Science and Technology (AUST). AUST is a university developed by the Nelson Mandela Institution (NMI) to bring the highest level of technical learning failities to Africa.
“My research is actually centred on the development of bio-degradable polymers for treatment of breast cancer.” Mususjusu said.
On Tuesday, Mususjusu shared her alternative treatment for breast cancer with Dr. Jaime Saavedra Chanduvi, World Bank Director and his team when they visited the University, according to reports.
Musujusu’s treatment uses macro molecular science and seeks to develop bio-degradable polymer material which could be used as a method of treatment for breast cancer in the future.
She justified that her research focused on the aggressive sub-type most commonly found in African women.
“I will be focusing on triple negative breast cancer which is actually the aggressive sub-type of breast cancer that is common with women from African ancestry.”
According to The National Cancer Institute, approximately 1,211,690 black people have a history of cancer.
“I believe there is a bright future for Africa, and as a woman, there is much more we can do if we are empowered. This award given to me by PAMI has empowered me to face my studies with more confidence and actually contribute to the frontier of knowledge and move Africa forward.” She said.
As of 2012, cancer has ranked #2 for causes of death for blacks.