Cancer
Cancer

A Private Medical Practitioner in Ghana has announced that 84 million people will died from cancer by 2015, which is more than those who will die from the most popular infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria combined.

In a Message released on AU DAY 2013, Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, said 70 percent of anticipated cancer ?related deaths, will be in Low- and Middle- Income Countries (LMIC), due to inadequate resources to deal with increasing burden of cancer.

Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai said following the adoption of the United Nation (UN) resolution on preventing and control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in 2011, and the targets set by the World Health Assembly in 2012, health authorities in (LMIC) have strengthened the integration of NCD policies and programmers into national health ? planning processes.

?There is the need to build capacity for cancer prevention, treatment, palliative care research to improve access to care, in such countries, these actions are built on education and training by raising awareness among both health professionals and the public that leads to prevention and early diagnosis of cancer, have improving the survival rates and quality of life?. She said.

Dr. Beatrice Wiafe? a Specialist Surgeon and Consultant in Breast Cancer Management, is the President of Breast Care International (BCI) Ghana, a health related NGO, and the Chief? Executive Officer (CEO) of Peace and Love Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi, disclosed that in 2010, there were 7.5 million on new cases of cancer in LMIC less than 30 percent of whom had access to any reasonable treatment, and with increased population age, due to improvements in primary health care and survival from communicable diseases, as well as adoption of unhealthy life styles, population in LMIC face an expected rise in annual cancer incidence of nearly 70 percent by 2030 over the 2010 rates.

Dr. Beatrice Wiafe who also the Vice-President of Africa Organization Research Treatment In Cancer (AORTIC)Council, in charge of West Africa, said Cancer should not be seen as a death sentence, since there are proven ways to prevent and care it.

?The good news is that medicine, health technologies, skills and experience already exist to treat and cure cancer. All people in LMIC deserve full access to prevention and care, adding that over 40 percent of cancers can be prevented, and a third can be successfully cured.

Dr. Wiafe, who is the Chairperson of Ghana Breast Cancer Alliance, and Chairperson of 2013 BCI Ghana Race/Walk for the Cure of Breast Cancer, schedule in October in Accra, therefore appealed to Africa leaders to think about breast, cervical and prostrate cancers, and put it on their Agenda, adding that if there is no more HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria what are they going to do.

She said developed countries developed with manpower through good health, food and water.

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