Chieftaincy Ministry staff screened for breast cancer

Staff of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs going through screening.

Staff of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs going through screening.

As part of activities marking this year’s breast cancer awareness month, the Cancer Society of Ghana (CSG) on Monday organised a breast cancer screening and sensitisation for staff of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs (MCRA) in Accra.

Staff of other government agencies within the premises of the State House also benefitted from the exercise.

About 120 people were screened for breast cancer, hepatitis B and C, and other cancer related illnesses.

Speaking to the media during the exercise, the Executive Secretary of CSG, Edward Amporful, said it was important to take care of the breast and protect it from any form of cancer.

He said some women do not know the signs of breast cancer, “though they have seen or experienced it,” adding that “some people do not know that what they have on their breast is worrying enough for them to go to the hospital.”

Mr Amporful said that, some women had been educated on how to care for the breasts, but do not put it into practice due to misconceptions.

According to him, it was better to commence treatment when one is diagnosed of breast cancer, to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the breast.

He said misconceptions such as death or removal of the breast, after being diagnosed were preventing women from examining their breasts.

Mr Amporful indicated that girls who started menstruation at an early age were at a risk of having breast cancer at very early age.

He, therefore, urged teachers and parents to ensure that their wards were screened of breast cancer to ensure their health safety.

Mr Amporful asked women to examine their breasts frequently and called on men to help their wives in the examination of their breasts.

BY JEMIMA ESINAM KUATSINU

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