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Of all the exports from the West to the developing world, breast cancer is one of the most unpleasant.

What was once described as a curse of the rich, is now on the march through Africa and Asia - with increasing prosperity and a move away from traditional lifestyles believed to be the factors to blame.

Specialists say that a combination of richer diets, smaller families, delayed child-bearing and reduced breast-feeding have driven the increase in number of breast cancer cases. Rising obesity and increased alcohol consumption may also be factors.

In West Africa - especially the comparatively wealthier nations like Nigeria and Ghana - these trends are especially easy to see. Not only is the number of women contracting breast cancer increasing, but more than half of women there who contract the disease will die from the disease - statistics far worse than in Europe or the US.

Journalist Chika Oduah, went to Ghana to investigate. Why, she wanted to know, are the mortality figures there so high? What hurdles do women face in getting treatment? And what truth is there in stories she'd heard about some individuals taking advantage of this crisis? Working alongside Ghana's legendary undercover specialist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, she reached some disturbing conclusions.

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