On February 19th, President Roberts spoke to the Department of Surgery of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana and repeated the same talk on the 26th with the staff of the Police Hospital in Accra. The topic, “The State of the Art in the Surveillance, Diagnosis and Management of Liver Cancer” gene rated an audience of approximately 40-50 physicians, nurses and other health care personnel.
Liver cancer is one of the major causes of death from cancer in Africa, with about 90% of cases being due to chronic hepatitis B virus infection. A recent research paper by the Africa Network of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases, which is coordinated by Dr. Roberts, concluded half of persons developing hepatitis B induced liver cancer are diagnosed with cancer before the age of 45. Therefore, there is a major burden of illness and death from liver cancer in Africa. Future APM activities will include workshops to improve access to treatment for hepatitis B and liver cancer. An interventional radiology workshop is being planned for August 2016.