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I don’t really have anything to say about this description of both treatment and lack of detection and treatment of cervical and breast cancer in Ghana. But it has to be read:

This hospital is one of just two with cancer centres, and between them they serve a country with a population of 23 million…

But this treatment – low dose brachytherapy – is not pleasant.

Radioactive material is inserted into the cervix via tubes, which are held in place with metal gynaecological devices.

The doctor showed me the equipment and it looked distinctly uncomfortable.

But it was worse than I thought.

For this treatment the patient must stay alone in this room for 50 consecutive hours.