Sandra Musujusu, breast cancer

A student in Africa has reportedly discovered an alternative treatment for an aggressive type of breast cancer.

 Sandra Musujusu, who studies at the University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria, is developing an alternative treatment for a subtype of breast cancer commonly found in black women. The Sierra Leone native’s research was unveiled earlier this month when World Bank director Jaime Saavedra Chanduvi visited the West African university as a part of his assessment tour of the 10 African Centers of Excellence locations, funded to encourage research to benefit African countries facing problems.

Sandra, whose research has been sponsored by the Pan African Materials Institute (PAMI), said told the Nigerian Tribune her work is a big step for medical advancements in Africa.

“I believe there is a bright future for Africa, and as a woman there is much more we can do if we are empowered,” she said. “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.”

She continued:  “My research is actually centred 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,” the student added.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in Nigeria, more than 10,000 cancer-related deaths are recorded annually while 250, 000 new cases are recorded annually.