The President of Breast Care International, an NGO, Dr Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, has urged Ghanaian men to join breast cancer-free champions to dispel the myth that breast cancer is a witchcraft-related disease.
Men, she said were held in great regard by women, therefore, if they were aware of the disease, they would be better able to encourage and advise women on its control.
She stated that this would motivate women to seek early treatment if they were diagnosed with the disease.
Dr Wiafe-Addai was speaking at the Men’s Ministry National Convention of the Assemblies of God Church of Ghana (A/G) in Pakyi, in the Amansie West area of the Ashanti Region.
She noted that if men availed themselves for breast cancer education, they would be well-informed to make wise decisions when dealing with breast cancer at home.
She addressed the participants on the theme “Role of Men in Breast Cancer Control.”
“Some men do not encourage their women to go through the breast cancer treatments, either by surgery or chemotherapy,” Dr Wiafe-Addai said.
She said knowledge of the disease would allay fears of its adverse effects such as loss of hair or breast.
“If they understand and engage in breast cancer control education, it will reduce women who are dying prematurely and needlessly,” she stated.
Dr Wiafe-Addai, who also serves as the chair of the Ghana Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance, recommended men to frequently get checked for diabetes, hypertension, and prostate cancer.
The General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church of Ghana, Prof. Reverend Paul Frimpong-Manso, expressed gratitude, on behalf of the church, to Dr Wiafe-Addai for her contributions to the fight against breast cancer in Africa.
In addition, Prof. Rev. Frimpong-Manso exhorted men to act courageously by telling women to strictly seek medical attention for breast cancer therapy rather than turning to prayer retreats.
FROM TIMES REPORTER, PAKYI