Tertiary institutions have been challenged to invest more in research that can assist in coming up with technologies which improve the health care system of the country.

The call was made by a Canadian professor, Professor Rangaraj Rangayyan who is in the country for a presentation on detection of breast cancer.

Speaking on the sidelines of a public lecture at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), Professor Rangayyan said breast cancer has become a global challenge and is among most common cancers affecting women due to late detection.

He added that mammography remains an available tool for screening and early detection of breast cancer but called for enhanced research in interpreting mammograms.

UZ Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Pedzisai Mashiri said it is their duty to come up with technologies and innovations that solve community problems.

The month of October is recognised by many countries as Breast Cancer Month and research shows that one in eight women is likely to develop breast cancer in their lifetime.