The Chairperson of International Breast Cancer and Nutrition Project in Ghana, Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, disclosed that the proliferation of prayer centers in the rural areas of Ghana has made detection and treatment of breast cancer difficult.

Breast cancer
Breast cancer

?Many people have associated the ailment to the curse of gods as a result of the sins of their parents or themselves,? She said.

She advised the women to disabuse their minds from the nation that some spiritual factor is responsible for breast cancers.

Dr Beatrice Wiafe was addressing more than 600 women during free breast cancer awareness education and screening for the members of the House of Faith Mission Church in Kumasi.

She said important issues that militate against breast cancer in the country include ignorance, illiteracy and poverty and these according to her contribute to the problem among the people of rural areas in Ghana.

Dr. Wiafe said in Ghana majority of the people live in rural communities (about 70 percent) that are deprived of basic life necessities like good assessable roads, basic education, but endowed with diversity of beliefs and religious set ups.

Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, is a renowned General Surgeon, Consultant, Campaigner and Advocate, and President of the Breast Care International (BCI), Ghana, a breast cancer awareness creation Organization (NGO), lamented that breast cancer can be considered as a social problem, even more than the medical problem, for when the breast is diseased, it affects the baby, the husband, the immediate and extended family, the community, the society and the nation at large.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Peace and Love Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi, breast cancer treatment facilities, the Vice-President of Africa Organization for Research Training In Cancer (AORTIC) in charge of West Africa and Chair of Susan G. Koman, Ghana Race for the cure of breast cancer, advised the women to watch their diet, do monthly self examination on their breast.

She advised the women to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), to access breast cancer treatment, as breast cancer treatment is very expensive.

Basic breast examination skills are also thought during the program.

Several women were screened for any abnormalities to facilitate early detection of any breast disease especially breast cancer for early treatment.

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