Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer

The breast is no doubt one of the natural endowment of every women either big or small and sometimes forms part of the characteristics a would-be suitor looks for in a woman.

Some suitors, according to oral tradition, looks out for women with lots of bosky that is the breast in a “To-Be” which to them serves as “cushion” to relax and reflect in times of difficulty or after a hard day’s work whilst others seem okay with little “apples”.

No wonder, many women with small bosky in recent times have either through clinical or unorthodox means engineered the popping up of the breast to enable them attract suitors or enable them to wear their beautiful “Kaba and Slit”.

But once the breast is diseased, a woman becomes disheartened and feels that all has come to an end.

In recent times, breast cancer has taken a major tool on the health of women worldwide and is gradually becoming a major health issue among the black race and for that matter Ghana in particular claiming lots of lives annually.

Breast cancer, which starts as a lump in the breast though not all lumps are cancerous is the second major cause of deaths associated with in women after lung cancer.

According to the medical news Today, a journal in the United States of America, one in 37 women died of the disease amounting to 2.7 per cent whiles in july 2017, alone about 252,710 new diagnosis were made out of which 40,610 women were likely to die.

Generally, during puberty, a woman’s breast consist of fat, connective tissues and lobules and tiny glands that produces milk to aid in breastfeeding in the case that a woman becomes pregnant.

But in the case of cancer in the breast, the body cells multiply uncontrollably and the excessive cell growth causes the cancer which could be invasive or non-invasion.

According to Dr. Prince Boateng, a Senior Medical Officer of the GAPOHA Hospital, ductal carcinoma is the cancer that starts within the milk ducts whiles lobular carcinoma starts in the lobules.

In Ghana, about 2000 women are diagnosed annually with the condition and between January to date, the Western Region has recorded 39 cases.

Dr. Boateng who screened over 400 women at a Rotary Sekondi and Takoradi together with Empire FM local based radio station to raise awareness on the disease encouraged women to be on the lookout for changes in the breast particularly the skin and colour.
The event dubbed, “BOOBRISKY” formed part of initiative taken by Rotary Sekondi/Takoradi to motivate more women to voluntarily know their status.

The Senior Medical Officer said though not all lumps are suspected cancer, early screening and detection was the sure way to diagnoses and treatment and in the long run safe lives.

Some contributory factors aside genetic is lifestyle particularly excessive alcohol intake.

Breast cancer could also occur in men meanwhile treatment options could include, surgery, radiation, hormonal and chemotherapy.
Dr. Boateng said the malignant tumor in the breast could make the breast shrink, discharge, nipple change and lump in the breast and ampit among others which require laboratory test to establish the cancer or otherwise.

Of the 400 women screened at the “BOOBRISKY” event, 73 women were referred for further medical care whilst 50 were diagnosed with lumps and have been encouraged to do a scan or undergo mammograms to ascertain whether they were breast cancers.

Rotarian Anita Griffiths Buako, President of the Sekondi/Takoradi Rotary Club said screening women for breast cancers was critical to ensure early detection and save needless deaths among Ghanaian woman.

She said maternal and child health was a major concern to the club adding, “Women were critically to the very existence of society and so their health and well-being must be of paramount concern to all stakeholders”.

Rotarian Buako said the Club has taken upon itself to raise much awareness on the condition, promote early screening to help in detection.

“It is said that education, screening helps in early detection and as a club were are committing resources into this project to ensure that many more women were screened and their lives saved”, Rotarian Buako added.

Ms. Nana Adjoa Entsuah, a Health Advocate and host of “The Doctors” on Empire FM mentioned that women needed to be mindful of the existence of the disease especially rural women and seek help in order to save their lives.

“We cannot continue to attribute these swellings in the breast to some gods somewhere or waste time on roaming around prayer camps and some fetish for help and only report at the last stage…women need to be educated to take charge of their health and wellbeing”, she added.
a GNA feature by Mildred Siabi-Mensah/NewsGhana.com.gh

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