A BREAST cancer education and clinical breast screening programme has been organized for the Methodist Ministers’ Spouses Association in the Kumasi Diocese.
It was organized by Breast Care International (BCI), a non-governmental organization spear-heading Ghana’s breast cancer crusades in conjunction with its sister specialist health care entity-Peace and Love Hospitals Limited (PLH) to expose the participants to the signs, symptoms, risk factors, methods of investigation and treatment options for the disease.
The ultimate goal was to drive home the message of early detection of the disease as vital for its treatment and survival.
Dr.(Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, president of BCI and Chief Executive Officer of PLH who led the medical team from the two organizations for the programme, described breast cancer as a malignancy with a matchless attitude to destroy the lives of women in their prime.
“It is in recognition of this problem posed by breast cancer that BCI, acting in concert with PLH, has over the past 13 years been conducting outreach programmes for women especially those in the deprived communities to educate and screen the public for breast cancer”, she stated.
Dr. Wiafe Addai and her team took the participants through the disease’s various methods of investigation, including ultra-sound scan, mammography and clinical breast examination re-assuring them that the disease” is treatable and curable if detected early”.
The participants were taught how to properly perform self-examination of the breasts every month and received 200 pieces of breast examination kits for that purpose.
Mrs. Mary Sarfo Kantanka, president of the Association praised Dr. Wiafe Addai and her team for their efforts in prosecuting the breast cancer crusade and gave the assurance that “we will ensure that the women in all our churches also benefit from the screening programme”.