Breast Cancer Hope for African and Caribbean Women – Surgeon and Survivor Stories

In Africa, Health, Podcast, womensempowerment by Blessing Enofe

Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai wears many hats – all involving her work to impact women’s health, especially breast cancer. She is a consultant in breast cancer management, the CEO of Peace and Love Hospitals in Ghana, and the President and Founder of Breast Care International, among other positions.  She is the first Ghanaian female Specialist General Surgeon and a champion for women everywhere battling this disease. Her aim is to educate women to get the help they need early on so that they don’t wait until so late in the disease when options are few.  Her medical journey is sprinkled with stories of success and sadness and the wins are coming slowly, as we learn how breast cancer impacts African women more and now we know that even younger women are being diagnosed.

In this special “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” episode, we also hear from Tricia George of the UK, a young breast cancer survivor who talks about her journey and how her diagnosis started with a misdiagnosis. Thanks to Michaelene Holder-March of MHM Health Consultancy, Ltd. for making the connection to these wonderful women for us to learn from and to Claude Nogard of ErgoSuture for sitting in as co-host.

Meet Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai

Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai’s Bio

Tricia Zenisa George’s Bio

Tricia Zenisa George

Tricia Zenisa George

  • A Registered Nurse
  • Head of Patient Safety
  • Patient Safety Specialist
  • Breast Cancer Survivor and Champion
  • Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019. Became a breast cancer survivor champion for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).
    Project Lead for the Trinidad and Tobago Healthcare UK Forum (TTHUF) sponsoring the costs of bras and prostheses for women in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Ambassador for Black Women Rising- The Leanne Pero Foundation.

Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai’s and Tricia George’s Contact and Resources

Breast Care International Website: www.breastcareinternational.org
Breast Care International America Website: https://www.bciamerica.org 
Breast Cancer Charity & Support Websites (shared by Tricia George):

1. www.wcrf.org

2. www.tthuf.org.uk

3. www.blackwomenrisinguk.org

Connect with Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai on LinkedIn.

Connect with Tricia Zenisa George on LinkedIn.

Call for support for Breast Care International

Special Thanks to Our Co-Hosts:

1. Claude Nogard, CEO of Ergosuture: ergosuture.com

Claude Nogard

Claude is an accomplished professional with over 30 years of experience in management, marketing, strategic planning, and tactical implementation, with a demonstrated ability to design and tailor initiatives toward specific corporate goals and growth objectives.

Claude has extensive experience in pharmaceuticals and vaccines (Merck, Novartis), MedTech (ErgoSurgical), and life science advisory (Life Science praxis), where he has honed his skills working with global scientific and clinical experts in advising early and late phase development teams.

Claude holds a Master’s Degree in business from Toulouse Business School, France, and a Master’s in Science from the National Institute of Polytechnics, Toulouse, France. He is a French native (Martinique) and is fluent in English and Spanish.

2. Michaelene Holder-March

Dr. Michaelene Holder-March 

Michaelene Holder-March RN, RM, LLB (Hons)MSc. FCMi, FInstAM, FInstLM, Associate of Royal Society of Medicine.

CQC Specialist Adviser with NHS Digital Clinical Safety (CB 0129 and DCB 0160), Contributor at National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). CEO of MHM Health Consultancy Ltd & NURUHMan – she advises leading companies on a broad range of strategic topics, with a particular focus on thought leadership, performance transformation, change the process, and organizational behavior/development.

She has worked with many health providers, government bodies, Social Services, and Mental Health Providers. With Hospices, Pharmaceutical Companies, Physician Groups, and Acute and Primary Trust. Including electronic health digital providers (CernerBadgernetFujitsuBritish TelecomCSCBig-hand, Euro-King), etc. Also, she was previously named as one of the top 100 “most influential black people in Britain. And one of the WinTrade President Awards.

Connect with Michaelene Holder-March on LinkedIn

See Frontrunners Innovate Interview with Michaelene Holder-March