South Africa: Breast cancer screening apps make life easier for patients and healthcare workers

For years, they have been suffering as they watch their patients go from pillar to post to get a proper diagnosis before they can be put on treatment.

Now, they say they feel empowered because they can offer accurate results, faster, thanks to the Melusi Breast AI rapid detection app which is a breast screening device that can accurately detect breast cancer in seconds.

Tebogo Maimela’s private clinic is one of two Gauteng-based facilities that are piloting the app.

Based in Clayville, between Johannesburg and Pretoria, the clinic which is part of the Unjani Clinic network has been operating since February 2022.

Maimela said most patients visit the facility to avoid long queues at public clinics where one can wait up to four hours to see a consultant.

Some have defaulted on their HIV medication and some children have missed their immunization dates.

“When it comes to breast cancer, I think more needs to be done to educate people about the disease,” Maimela said.

“As a country, we only have one month when we focus on breast health yet we have so many Black women being diagnosed daily.”

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