The President of Breast Care International (BCI), a breast cancer awareness creation organization in Ghana Dr (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, has advised women to adopt the habit of examining their own breasts as the best way of checking any defects in their breasts.

She said examining the breast regularly was the best and earliest way of detecting breast cancer, and that was when it was likely to be treated successfully.

Dr. Beatrice Wiafe who is also a General Surgeon and Consultant Breast Surgeon is the , Chief? Executive Officer (CEO) of the Peace and Love Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi, gave the advice at a free breast screening exercise organized by the Kaneshie Presbyterian Church for Women in Accra.

She said breast cancer had become one of the most devastating disease killing women all over the world, and pointed out that the fact that a woman died from the disease every 69seconds was very disturbing.

She therefore commended the Church for the bold step it had taken to create awareness of the disease. According to Dr. Wiafe, the disease was not painful at the early stages and that reporting for treatment early and a regular self-examination were ways for women to know their status and proceed with Mammogram.

Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai? noted that although the treatment was expensive, the National Health Insurance Scheme(NHIS) bore part of the cost of the treatment and, therefore, urged all women to register with the? Scheme to save their lives.

She also said it was very important for women aged 35years and above and those with a family history of the disease to check their status. She also urged women to visit hospital at least twice a year to have their breast examined.

Dr. Wiafe Addai challenged Ghanaian women to disabuse their minds of the misconception that the disease had spiritual connections or was associated with evil spirits.

The free breast screening programme, which was patronized by about 1,800 women from the Church, formed part of the Church?s commitment to educate women on the disease. The screening revealed some very alarming cases of breast cancer among the women.

Madam Rahima Quaye, a breast cancer survivor who was with the BCI team, advised the women not to waste their time in the prayer camps, with their breast cancer disease, citing herself as an example.

?Go to hospital immediately you detected lump in your breast, adding breast cancer is curable if detected early,? Said? Rahima.


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