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New Specialty Hospital Dedicated in Ghana is Key Component of Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)'s Debut in Africa
Date:10/17/2008

African Nation's President Cites Collaboration Behind New Resource

KUMASI, Ghana, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Ghana President John Kufuor today dedicated the city's new hopeXchange Medical Center, a high quality diagnostic and treatment facility with special focus on breast cancer. During the ceremony, President Kufuor welcomed a high-profile mission delegation organized and led by Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)'s President and CEO Hala Moddelmog, and acknowledged the significant role that Komen for the Cure can play in advancing the fight against breast cancer in Africa.

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Moddelmog was joined by physicians, researchers, advocates, survivors and celebrities, including actress Gabrielle Union, philanthropist Malaak Rock, wife of comedian Chris Rock, and breast cancer survivor and activist Billye Aaron, the wife of baseball great Hank Aaron. The delegation is spending four meeting- and event-packed days in Africa, where it will wind up this first-ever trip to the continent with a stop in Tanzania to cheer on participants in the first Tanzania Race for the Cure(R) organized by the Tanzania Breast Cancer Foundation in collaboration with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

"In addition to awareness about early detection, access to a state-of-the-art treatment facility is critical to addressing the very high breast cancer mortality rate in Ghana," said Moddelmog. "Susan G. Komen for the Cure is deeply committed to supporting hopeXchange Medical Center through collaboration with local and international breast cancer experts, Ghanaian government officials and non-governmental organizations."

The hopeXchange Medical Center will offer accessible and affordable breast health services, and house an interactive Learning Laboratory of the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI), where doctors and scientist
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