Breast Education Taken To Swedru

It is absolutely needless for women who constitute the majority of breast cancer patients to die from the disease when options for treatment are available, Dr (Mrs) Beatrice WiafeAddai, a renowned breast care specialist and consultant breast surgeon has stated.

She made it clear that,” Once the disease is curable, treatable and survivable, it is totally inexcusable to fold arms and allow fear and stigmatization to stand in the way of efforts to help women whose contribution to the family, community and national development is very significant”

DrWiafeAddai was speaking at a breast cancer education and clinical breast screening exercise organized by Breast Care International (BCI), Ghana’s frontline non-governmental organization in the breast cancer crusade, at the Old Sawmill Assembly of the Church of Pentecost at Agona-Swedru.

She took the participants through the proper procedure of breast self-examination and advised women in general to regularly practice it in addition to being examined by trained health professionals at least once a year.

The breast care specialist asked women to promptly report any breast abnormalities to the hospital and further recommended that women above the age of 40 years should have their baseline mammogram.

Narrating how breast cancer survivors had played and continue to play important roles in the awareness creationprogrammes of BCI and its sister health facility Peace and Love Hospital, DrWiafeAddai said, “ we do as much as we can to let our people know that our women can and also do survive breast cancer”

Two breast cancer survivors shared their experiences with the participants and were emphatic that, “ others can also survive the disease if only they report early to the hospital”

Madam Rebecca Amoah a citizen of the town appealed to DrWiafeAddai to help establish a breast screening centre in the town and train personnel as well to manage it to enable residents of the area to have easy access to clinical breast examination.

Over 500 women including students were clinically screened at the programme arranged by MrKwasiAckom, a citizen of the town.

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