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Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in Bangladesh.

For the past nine years, our Founder, Elizabeth McLellan and a team of medical professionals have been travelling to Bangladesh providing education and training on breast cancer awareness and self exams.

In collaboration with the National Institute of Cancer and Research Hospital in Dhaka, PWH has coordinated the Annual Conference on Care of the Cancer Patient for the past three years. This six day conference provides education and training to physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals on care of the cancer patient, non-communicable diseases, chemotherapy administration, wound care education and infection control. In addition, the PWH team provides surgical intervention and education on breast cancer and self breast exams to women in the Korail Slum in Dhaka City

Crafted by a long time volunteer, Paul Farren, the PWH breast models (made out of plywood, pebbles and prosthetic breast molds) are used on medical missions for teaching self breast exams. This educational program has become highly requested in other countries as well, such as Uganda, Senegal and Nepal.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we had to make the difficult decision of cancelling our March and October Bangladesh trips for the safety of our team and our international partners. We have high hopes that we will be able to return in March 2021 for a scheduled primary care; burn hospital education & training; and breast cancer awareness medical mission!

For more information on our Medical Mission Program, click here: MEDICAL MISSIONS

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