BREAST cancer is a malignancy mainly among women, and has no spiritual orientations whatsoever, says Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, a renowned consultant breast surgeon.
” The myths and incorrect information that breast cancer is a spiritual disease or the result of a curse are seriously undermining our efforts to fight the disease in the country, and only proper education remains the hope of erasing these totally wrong notions”, she stated.
Correct information emanating from proper education on the disease, Dr. Wiafe Addai noted, would not only help to dispel the myths and misconceptions, but more importantly remove the fears about its treatment and raise awareness that early detection constituted the best protection.
Dr. Wiafe Addai was speaking at the presentation of a cheque for GH¢22,500 by the Bogoso-based Golden Star Resources (GSR) Ladies Club to the Breast Care International (BCI) a frontline medical Non-governmental Organization in Ghana’s fight against breast cancer.
Urging breast cancer victims and their families to seek proper information on the disease, she made it clear that “breast cancer is treatable, curable and survivable, if detected early and prompt action taken”.
Dr. Wiafe Addai, who is the founder and president of BCI and Chief Executive Officer of the NGO’s sister specialist health care facility, Peace and Love Hospitals Limited (PLH), said the donation would be used to directly support BCI’s outreach programmes of continuing education on breast cancer.
The outreach programmes, she explained were meant to empower women to undertake regular breast examination and encourage men to support their female family members to participate in clinical breast screening exercises, identified as a positive index to early detection, treatment and survival of the disease.
Inaugurated in 2010, the GSR Ladies Club has been engaged in breast cancer education and awareness creation activities in Bogoso and other communities within the company’s catchment area, in addition to raising funds to support BCI.