Mr. Mahama and Dr. Mrs. Wiafe Addai arriving at the Baba Yaya stadium.

VICE PRESIDENT John Dramani Mahama has debunked assertions that breast cancer is a spiritual disease which is inflicted on innocent people by witches.

He has consequently cautioned the general public, notably those inflicted by the disease, not to visit spiritualists or herbalists for an antidote, but to rather visit the hospital for proper treatment.

Mr. Mahama was addressing about 20,000 people who participated in this year’s annual Susan G. Komen Ghana Race for the Cure, which was the country’s second edition.

The participants, including men, women and students, walked through the principal streets of Kumasi on the AU Day to create awareness about breast cancer, after which they converged on the Baba Yara Stadium.

Mr. Mahama, the guest of honour for the event, lamented that people suffering from the disease often had the wrong notion that it was a spiritual disease and therefore resorted to herbalists for treatment.

He disclosed that such people normally visited the hospital at a time that the disease had reached an advanced stage and was almost impossible to cure.

Organized by the Breast Care International (BCI) Ghana in collaboration with Peace and Love Hospitals, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series is the world’s largest and most successful educational and fundraising event for breast cancer.

Mr. Mahama passionately appealed to sufferers of the disease to rush to the hospital in the early stages of the disease for effective treatment.

He disclosed that the breast cancer menace was sending scores of women to their graves, therefore all hands must be on deck to curb it, stating government’s desire to contribute to reducing breast cancer cases in the country.

Mr. Mahama stated that ignorance about breast cancer was the main cause of the many deaths that had been recorded as a result of the disease, urging the populace to join BCI, Ghana, to make more noise about breast cancer so as to save more human lives.

Breast cancer, he opined, “is beatable”, explaining further that early detection and right medication from experts could make the disease not deadly.

The President of BCI, Ghana, Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, a renowned breast surgeon, expressed worry that whilst breast cancer deaths was reducing in the advanced world, the case was the opposite in under-developed countries including Ghana.

The world-acclaimed breast cancer expert attributed the anomaly to lack of knowledge about the disease, calling for help from all including the government to enable the BCI, Ghana, educate a sizeable number of Ghanaians about breast cancer.

Dr. Mrs. Wiafe Addai also deflated speculations that witches caused breast cancer, insisting that the real cause of the disease was still not known.

She however assured that early detection and prompt action by visiting the hospital early for right medication was the best way to defeat breast cancer.

The Paramount Chief of Goaso Traditional Area, Nana Akwasi Bosompora I, who represented the Asantehene, charged traditional leaders to play leading roles in battling breast cancer.

He sternly cautioned women, especially traders, to refrain from putting money in their brassiere, reminding them that money was poisonous therefore any contact it made with human breast could result in fatal consequences.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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