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Experts set up Sierra Leone cancer registry; NEWS IN BRIEF.

EXPERTS in Cardiff are helping to develop cancer services in Sierra Leone by setting up a new registry.

Plans are being drawn up by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU) and specialists from the African nation to create the database.

The registry will help in the planning of services for the prevention and treatment of cancer in Sierra Leone.

Shelagh Reynolds, general manager of WCISU, said: "Sierra Leone has a population of six million and only has around 40 doctors.

"Without a cancer registry the government and health minister of Sierra Leone do not know the numbers of cancers affecting people and what they are.

"This information is desperately needed to allow doctors to focus the medical resources where they are most needed."

WCISU records, analyses and reports on the incidences of cancer for the resident population of Wales.

It was asked to help after a group of Cardiff clinicians, led by Dr Malcolm Adams, the former medical director of Velindre NHS Trust, visited Sierra Leone as part of the Wales for Africa programme.

The cancer registry project is being part-funded by the Ministry for Health in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organisation and Sierra Leone Cancer Charity.

There are also plans for WCISU staff to visit Sierra Leone to work with staff from the local team at Connaught Hospital and to advise on data collection, collation and interpretation.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:6SIER
Date:Jul 19, 2011
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