- Sandra Musujusu’s research aims to use macro-molecular science to develop bio-degradable polymer material to be used as an alternative treatment for breast cancer
- Her research focuses on triple negative breast cancer which is the aggressive sub-type of breast cancer that is common with African women
- Musujusu’s groundbreaking research is being sponsored by the Pan African Materials Institute (PAMI)
An alternative treatment for breast cancer has been discovered by Sandra Musujusu, a female student of the African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, Tribune reports.
The development was made public by Dr. Jaime Saavedra Chanduvi, the education director for the World Bank, when he and his team visited the university on Tuesday July 4 as part of his assessment tour of the 10 African Centres of Excellence (ACE) centres.
As part of efforts to encourage conduct of cutting-edge research in Nigeria and the larger African continent, the World Bank has committed about $10 billion for the ACE project in Nigeria.
Musujusu, who is a native of Sierra-Leone, disclosed that her research focuses on the aggressive sub-type of breast cancer which is common in African women, triple negative breast cancer; but the research might lead to a lasting solution in the treatment of breast cancer for women all around the world.
Her research aims to develop bio-degradable polymer material using macromolecular science, which could be used as an alternative treatment for breast cancer in the near future.
The Pan African Materials Institute (PAMI) is sponsoring the research.
Musujusu stated: “My research is actually centered on the development of bio-degradable polymers for treatment of breast cancer.
“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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that available statistics showed that cancer killed 7.6 million persons in 2008 worldwide, and there is indication that the figure could double to 13 million by 2030.
According to WHO, cancer accounts for 13 percent of all deaths registered globally and 70 percent of that figure occurs in middle and low income countries.
In Nigeria, about 10,000 cancer deaths are recorded annually while 250,000 new cases are recorded yearly.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of Nigerians expressing anger over the N1500 budget for health per person: