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CCNY Medical students present Tanzania research

Kristen Yang with Dr. Soliman
Kristen Yang with Dr. Soliman presenting at the NYC Epidemiology Forum.
Elizabeth Yim and research assistant
Elizabeth Yim and research assistant Flora going over responses to questionnaires.

Students in the CUNY School of Medicine at The City College of New York presented their research at the 6thAnnual Conference of the NYC Epidemiology Forum. Their presentations stemmed from research conducted at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Dar es Salaam—the only cancer treatment center in Tanzania.

The students’ research was made possible by Medical Professor Amr Soliman’s National Institutes of Health grant for Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations (CEESP). The three students involved in the Tanzania research opportunity are Kristen Yang, Elizabeth Yim and Ugochukwu Okoroafor.

Yang presented her research entitled “Patient and Health System Factors Related to Early and Late Presentations of Breast Cancer in Tanzania” that she conducted in. She looked into patient and health system factors and compared them to early-diagnosed breast cancer patients and late diagnosed breast cancer patients. 

“My goal in my project was to identify these specific areas or weaknesses that cause late diagnosis of breast cancer,” said Yang. “Ultimately, they can be used to further educate physicians on how to differentiate between abscess infections versus a mass, proper referral procedures, and awareness programs that properly inform women that they need to check their mass out even if it might be benign.”

Yim presented research on the “Factors Related to Completion of Referral among Women Suspected of Cervical Dysplasia and Cancer in Tanzania.” Her project focused on cervical cancer, the most common cancer and most common cause of death from cancer among women in Tanzania. She aimed to understand why women being referred for further care and management from local health centers to the treatment center were not following up for treatment.

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