More than 300 traders, commercial transport operators and residents in and around La market area in the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) were on Thursday screened for breast cancer and other medical conditions.
The beneficiaries were screened for hypertension, HIV, diabetes, blood pressure, tuberculosis, malaria, counseling and other health related conditions.
The exercise was organised by the Municipal Health Directorate and sponsored by the Member of Parliament (MP) for La Dade-Kotopon Constituency, Rita Naa Odoley Sowah through her Heath Fund on the them “Early detection saves lives.”
Ms Sowah said as a mother and woman, she deemed it worthy to offer the people of her constituency during this breast cancer awareness month a free health screening and the opportunity to screen for other health status.
She said due to the economic situations, women and other workers in general had limited time or no time at all to check on their health conditions, and therefore the need to bring health care to their door step for easy access.
The MP urged women to consider their breast as very critical commodity for the survival of their children, and they must do all it takes to keep it from lumps.
The Lawmaker tasked women to self check their breast periodically to be extra sure it was safe and would not cause them challenges in the future.
Men, according to her must take active interest in preventing their women from developing breast cancer by assisting them to conduct breast check regularly for any lump or any unusual change in the breast.
Ms Sowah said there were counselors on standby to advice people with conditions which needed extra attention before being referred to La Polyclinic for treatment.
The MP added that, she had earlier donated two Blood Pressure machines to the La Market to be used to periodically check the blood level of the traders for assistance.
Dr Adwoa Afriyie Wilson, Municipal Director of Health Services, LaDMA advised women to self-check their breast periodically and every five days after menstruation.
Dr Wilson also urged women above 40 years to have clinical examination and mammograms once every one to two years as a way to detect any changes in their breast.
She indicated that breast cancer was the top cause of death in women but said when detected early, the live of the victim could be saved.
According to Dr Wilson, one out of eight women and one out of 100 men were diagnosed of breast cancer in their life time and therefore advised both women and men to be critical of their breast.
The beneficiaries were thought how to self-check their breast while others were advised on their heath conditions.
BY VICTOR A. BUXTON