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raphael nyarkotey obu

  • He recently won the Education Category of the National 40under40 Achievers Award and was also adjudged the Best Gadangme Young Achiever in the Akro Excellence Awards.

    Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu has been nominated in the annual All Africa Business Leaders Award, as a Finalist for “Innovator of the Year”, West Africa division.

  • Written By Nelson Tetteh - When men like us were sleeping, he worked all day and night doing calculations, researching in the political trend in the Shai Osudoku land and all the Dangme constituencies to make things right. His research brought the Dangme areas into the political limelight, nationally and internationally.

    Now my fellow generational thinkers I present to you the finest gentleman on the soil of the motherland, Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu, Ph.D.

    I'm very proud to be part of the GA Dangme family.  May the most high bless you and give you the strength to fight prostate cancer by creating awareness in the coming years. Your stories will forever be in our hearts because you are a blessing to our world. The time has come for me to honour you for the good work you are doing for humanity in the medical and political arena.

    A new day has come for us to rally behind you my king as we move towards the unknown future. Your political research indeed made the NPP win the first seat in the Dangme land at the Upper Manya constituency with your Dangme newspaper.

    You are a shining star and a Mentor for the Dangme youth. You are indeed a generational thinker.

    Thank you.                                                         

    #Ambassador Nelson Tetteh                                            

  • Hello Dr. Nyarkotey

    I have been following you on social media for some time and I must say you have made me proud. Ever since, I heard your name, I have decided to follow you.  I am also a Krobo and I am impressed of your write ups and research in the Dangme community bringing the community into the political, national and international limelight and may God bless you in all your endeavors.

    You are a shining star in the Dangme community and I advised you do not give up. You promoted the Dangme community and your influence with the Dangme newspaper made the NPP won the Upper Manya constituency seat for the first time in the political history of the republic of Ghana.

    I likened you ‘The New Bawumia’ in Dangme Land because of your scholarly professorial works, analysis, intellect and attitude. I was also happy to read a nice comment by someone on your Facebook page which says” Dr. Ralph, sometimes it is difficult to be accepted by your people when your ideology seems nonconforming to the tradition. I wish to encourage you to pursue this dream. Who knows our future minister of health, is coming from Gadangme land, just like Seth Tekper, Minister of Finance. I am proud of you. Your language is very honorable and devoid of insults. A mark of true Gadangme”

    I am very happy to read all the necessary nice posts by people concerning you and I hope the political parties to quickly grab you to bring your knowledge to help develop mother Ghana. God bless you.


    Written By Seth Nartey-Asesewa


  • This test may be able to spot fast growing cancers.

    The Prostate Specific Antigen test, also known as PSA velocity, has been used extensively around the world to detect and monitor prostate cancer.

    For many years, physicians have been using the absolute value of PSA to determine a man's risk for prostate cancer or whether his cancer has returned or progressed. In recent years, however, it has become more obvious that the rate of change of the PSA level, or PSA velocity, may be just as important as the raw number itself.

    The New Role for PSA Velocity

    Many prostate cancer experts now consider not only the PSA level but also how fast it is changing when determining whether to order further tests, when to start treatment or what to tell their patients about prognosis.

    Numerous studies have now shown that a high PSA velocity (for example rapid doubling time of PSA or a rise of 0.35 ng/mL or more per year) may signal a rapidly growing cancer regardless of how high the absolute PSA level is.

    For example, a man goes for his routine screening PSA test and it comes back at 2.0 ng/mL. He is otherwise healthy and his physician is unconcerned by the result since 2.0 is not a "high" level in most cases. But last year his PSA level was 1.0 ng/mL and the year before it was 0.5 ng/mL.

    Should these results worry him or his doctor?

    Based on mounting evidence, the answer is likely "yes." In this example, a relatively low PSA level of 2.0 could be waved off as "normal." However, this man's PSA has doubled each year for two years, making the number significant even if it falls within the "normal" range.

    This is a high rate of change of PSA (such as a high PSA velocity) and could likely signify a rapidly growing cancer.

    In short, the doctor in this scenario should take swift action to get this patient further medical treatment.
    Wrapping Up

    It is therefore important to keep track of your own PSA levels over the years and alert your doctor to any trends that you notice, especially if you change doctors and are not sure how familiar your new doctor is with your medical history.

    Physicians see thousands of patients a year and may simply overlook the fact that your PSA has been increasing rapidly.

    Don't hesitate to question your doctor about your PSA velocity results or to request further testing or analysis. This goes double if you belong to a high risk group, such as African American men, or have a family history of prostate cancer.

    If your doctor takes issue with this line of questioning or appears to be unconcerned about your PSA velocity results, even if they appear to be rising markedly as they did in the above example, consider switching physicians. Your life is far too precious to take the risk that everything is normal, when your PSA levels may be revealing otherwise. If you don't switch doctors, at least consider getting a second or third opinion about your PSA velocity and medical history. The persistence of patients has saved countless lives.

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