AWACAN is a project to measure cancer awareness among women in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cancer is an increasing public health problem in Sub-Saharan Africa with a disproportionately high burden of cancers in women and high proportion of infection-related cancers. Yet cancer is frequently diagnosed at a late stage when the cancer is large or has spread. Most women present with late stage disease. Measuring factors influencing time to presentation (the time from noticing a symptom to the first consultation with a healthcare professional) is important in developing and evaluating interventions to promote timely cancer diagnosis. However, there is a lack of validated, culturally relevant measurement tools. The AWACAN research team has developed and validated culturally relevant cancer awareness measurement tools to promote timely diagnosis of cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa, validated in English, isiXhosa and Acholi.
|Start date:||1st July 2017|
|End date:||30 June 2021|
|Contact person:||Dr Fiona Walter|
|Contact Details:||Telephone: 01223 762514
|Further Information, References and Publications|
|Githaiga JN, Walter FM, Scott SE, Mwaka AD, Moodley J. Symptom awareness measures for breast and cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa: A scoping review. S. Afr. j. oncol. 2019;3(0), a78. https://doi.org/10.4102/sajo.v3i0.78
J Moodley J, Scott SE, Mwaka AD, Constant D, Githaiga JN, Stewart TS, Payne A, Cairncross L, Somdyala NIM, Walter FM .Development and validation of the African Women Awareness of CANcer (AWACAN) tool for breast and cervical cancer. PLOSOne. 2019. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0220545