Politics is like finding cure for cancer. It is not luxury. It is a human need. That is why no one should use this need for his or her selfish interest. There is something wrong when the people you are serving are dying of this need

I am a man on a mission. That is, to stop cancer in Ghana before its strikes. Cancer is an extremely complex disease—multiple subtypes of this cancer exist, some aggressive and lethal, others non-aggressive and non-life-threatening. The vast majority of cancer occurs as an indolent, slow-growing form of the disease that poses little threat to our lifespans. It’s time to stage an intervention, no matter how uncomfortable the subject matter. cancer is the controversial subject in the medical world today and affecting more blacks and there is therefore the need for Physicians in the black communities to wake up, provide solutions, research and better services for patients including government.

I am urging the nation Ghana to join the fight against cancer by pressing on the government to implement their special policy in their manifesto and help in recognition of particular months as awareness day such as , the father’s day as national Prostate Cancer day and mother’s day as national women’s health day

I know that others will do anything to avoid awkward subjects, but we also know that cancer cannot be ignored. By shining a light on this serious issue with a bit of gentle humour, we hope more Ghanaians will be aware of their own risk and join us in the fight to stop cancer being a killer. The light has to be shifted on the de factor and de jure of cancers.

National Cancer day in Ghana will go a long way to help inform the population about the disease. This project will also provide a better platform for the government to let the general public be aware of the effort the government is taking to help in raising awareness of the disease and for the first of its kind in the history of the country for a concerned government to tackle cancer issue.

I think it is time for establishment of a national cancer foundation in Ghana by this current government. This will also provide the needed national policies on cancer interventions to help save the lives of those suffering from the disease and those concerned about the disease. The cases of increasing cancer incidence and mortality rates in the country is worrisome and needs a strong force to help shape and campaign for the ordinary Ghanaian. We need a strong and united force to pressurize the government to help address this urgent need.

I am in hurry for government’s intervention on cancer just as the president is also in hurry to transform this country.
In view of that, I am reminding them of their promise and we want to hear the government stance, green light and positions on the cancer pathway in the country. It is rather unfortunate and really disappointed to not see any green light in the national budget on cancers and what the government promised Ghanaians on cancers.

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I want to remind them now on the statistics of cancers in Ghana, though currently we also struggling with a national population based cancer register. Most of these statistics are hospital based population data’s and appears worrisome. Cancer is a clever, detestable disease and has some super weapons activity hence we also need some super weapons to tackle this. According to the GNA – Dr Lorna Awo Renner, Consulting Pediatrician at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has said about 1,000 cases of childhood cancer cases were recorded annually in Ghana. Likewise, on May 18, 2016, the Daily graphic also reported that Breast cancer deaths are high in Ghana, with about 2,900 cases being diagnosed annually and at least one of eight women with the disease dying.

Additionally, the GNA further reported that, Ghana has exceeded global prostate limits as the country records 200 cases out of every 100,000 men as against 170 world-wide, a survey by the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital revealed. Dr Mathew Kyei, Urologist said at a Ghana Health Service monthly programme in Accra that the situation called for immediate attention from government and the public to reverse the trend. Speaking on: “Prostate Cancer Disorders in Ghana”, he said in 2006, 60 per cent of all cancers reported at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital were prostate cancers, adding that 27 people died from the disease in 2005 alone.

On cervical cancer, the Current estimates indicate that every year 3052 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 1556 die from the disease. Cervical cancer ranks as the 1st most frequent cancer among women in Ghana and the 1st most frequent cancer among women between 15 and 44 years of age.

What are we doing as country to reverse this trend? There are many barriers to action on the primary prevention of cancer; cancer is also cause by lack of political will power to fight it.

In my view, the biggest barrier to addressing cancer services is the lack of action on primary prevention which necessitates greater resources into services in the first place.
As a president of Cancer Voices Ghana, I sincerely hope this is a great opportunity to include the environmental and occupational risk factors for cancer into new cancer plans…without addressing these confounding risk factors, we can only look forward to a cancer forever future

As a charity, Cancer voices Ghana is seeking to change the approach, because at the end of day, cancer patients reporting at late stages do not only make treatment expensive but also ineffective, so we are seeking to tackle cancer from the angle of primary and secondary prevention. And this will take the form of sensitizing the public on the disease, its causes, who is at risk, screening interventions and healthy lifestyles of preventing it

Cancer differs by race; hence there is the need for cancers to be addressed as such. Ghana needs a comprehensive cancer policy to address this racial disparity.

Our research has revealed some important Issues to be address as a nation. Poor data quality, inadequate cancer research, weak health infrastructure, extensive patronage of traditional Medicine with lack of professionals with the scientific knowledge in these facilities, low public awareness, ignorance among patients, lack of organized and effective cancer screening, inadequate health professionals and public attitude, Distrust in the medical sector as a whole, are some of the obstacles confronting cancer control in Ghana and Africa entirety

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There are diverse schools of thought on cancer genesis and exodus in entirety when diagnosed and it’s recurs. Cancer is often misunderstood, by even the most respected medical professionals in the world.

This is because some even believed that people get cancer like the same way they would catch cold or bacterial infection. But in reality, every cell has the ability to be cancerous, and a variety of factors can prompt a cell to do so. And while most Oncologists (and even leading cancer associations) consider cancer a genetic disease, we realized that this is not entirely true.

Cancer, therefore, occurs when genes within a cell lose their ability to regulate that cell’s growth. These disobedient cells don’t know how to stop multiplying or die. But all cells have the potential to lose this ability, meaning any cell can cancer at any time, depending on the environment it finds itself!

I know people may be wondering and asking if cancer is unavoidable? No. The choice to die without disease is ours to make, right now. But trying to live our entire life cancer-free seems like a pretty formidable goal.

Cancer is not an equal opportunity disease and we believe that unless we tackle the primary prevention of cancer, i.e. stopping cancer before it starts, we are unlikely to see any improvement in the cancer situation in Ghana.

Disease triggers when the body tries to protect itself from further damage by concentrating toxins, pollutants and excesses from less vital Organ to other part so that the body can still carry on.

Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

I sincerely hope this is a great opportunity to include the environmental and occupational risk factors for cancer into new cancer plans…without addressing these confounding risk factors, we can only look forward to a cancer forever future

Cancer Voices Ghana believes that there are cancer inequalities. With the Charity concerned about the situation in other to transform the future for cancer in Ghana has set up some goals to be met by 2025 and we need support and collaboration from individuals and corporate institutions to achieve our objectives.

The 2025 goals and 2015-2016 strategy, Transforming the future for cancer, sets out a framework for tackling inequalities and improving care and treatment for cancer patients. The goals are:

1. By 2025, significantly more patients will survive the disease
2. By 2025, society will understand the key facts about cancer and will act on that knowledge
3. By 2025, Ghanaians will know more about cancer and will act on that knowledge

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4. By 2025, inequalities in access to high quality cancer services will be reduced

5. By 2025, people affected by cancer will have their information and support needs addressed effectively by Cancer Voices Ghana.
In conclusion, I end my submission with this creed I developed for all those willing to fight the disease including government.
The Cancer Fighters’ Creed

WE can make Ghana a better one for us. My goal is to create a model of national recognition in ending cancer disparity.
The cancer problem is a central issue to all concerned Ghanaians with unacceptably high mortality rates.
So why don’t we Let us raise little David high enough to challenge Golliath, challenge the System and challenge the status quo. The cure for cancer is not a luxury, it is a human need. No man should use this need to profit for their personal gains. Something is wrong when we let people die for money and ignorance.

THIS is my cancer pledge and you can also do it so we can fight together.
I am fighting for cancer freedom, one chest at a time.
I stand for the end of cancer crisis, the end of suffering and the end of cancer disparity
I fit in this world as man, of all kinds, shapes and sizes.
I share one important value.
In this noisy cancer world, I want you to hear the truth.

I want to be clear what being diagnosed as a cancer patient is about.
I honor great people, that’s who we are…thats what we are about.
We honor ourselves and those who love us, those who take care of us, those who only know us from where we started from as a nation 60years on.

Our core value is that we believe truth comes from experience.
We believe that concerned Ghanaians want to end cancer suffering, and help us fight it
We honor great people…people who are living and those who are dead.
Those who use their brains and resources to end cancer
So I can live better.
So I can keep enjoying life.
All of us, keep enjoying life.

I am always guided by this personal philosophy, which goes like this “the future you picture is the future you will feature, the ‘YOU’ you see is the ‘YOU’ you will become. Therefore picture a great future to feature and desire a great ‘YOU’ to become and the almighty God will see to it that you have featured in the future you have pictured and have become the YOU, you have desired. So what plan have your pictured for cancer free nation. Mr. President, speak now.. We are in Hurry.

Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu: PhD is the president of Cancer Voices Ghana. He is a research professor of prostate cancer and Holistic Medicine at Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Larnaca city, Cyprus.
He can be contacted on 0546620718, 0243802187, 0203916518