A renowned female Ghanaian, General Surgeon and Consultant breast Surgeon, Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, has emphasized the need for early detection of Breast cancers, as the only barrier against the swelling up of the disturbing numbers in the country.

?The scourge of breast cancer is every woman?s nightmare but the fortunate thing about it is that if detected early it could be either contained or cured altogether.??? She said.

Dr.? Beatrice Wiafe, who is also the President of Breast Care International (BCI), a breast cancer awareness creation and research Organization in Ghana was lecturing more than 2000 people at the Kaneshie Presbyterian Church, during free breast screening programme for the Church members.

The free breast screening was organized jointly by the Kaneshie Presbyterian Church, the Breast Care International (BCI) and Peace and Love Hospitals.

Dr. Beatrice Wiafe, disclosed that a research has shown that one out of eight women will develop breast cancer in her life time, and lamented that in every 68 seconds somewhere around the World a woman dies from breast cancer.

She announced that 99 percent of breast cancer patients are women between the ages of 35 and 55 years.

?It was considered to be a disease of old people, but now younger women and even girls as young as 15 have been diagnosed with the disease?. She added.

Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Peace and Love Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi, breast cancer treatment facilities, Chairperson, Ghana Breast Cancer Alliance and Vice-President of African Organization Research Treatment In Cancer (AORTIC) in charge of West Africa, emphasized that late presentation of breast cancer that accounts for complications of the disease and even death has been the major problem in the country.

She regretted that while the developing world was taking practical steps to do away with the disease, many Ghanaians were linking it to superstition beliefs.

She mentioned lack of awareness of the disease, myths, and misconception is among the key factors that account for late presentations.

BCI since its inception has initiated various strategies including awareness creation, health education, and teaching breast self ?examination, survivors testimonies, clinical breast examination and referral system to demystify the disease and enhance appreciation of women and their role in the society.

Dr. Beatrice Wiafe advised the women to regularly touch and feel their breast, and report to the hospital upon the discovery of lumps in their breast before the lump develops into full breast cancer.

A breast cancer Survivor, Madam Rahima Quaye, who was with the team cited her case as an example, and advised the women to report to hospital early, rather than hide their breast cancer disease in prayer camps, as the disease was preventable and curable.

?Prayer camps are important but should be used to support or supplement the treatment. ?She emphasized.

During the screening 12 women were identified with serious problem, some of them were to go for mammogram and other investigations.


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