–Says Dr. Beatrice Wiafe
It is estimated that, 40 percent of all cancer deaths can be prevented, if detected early.
Worried about the increasing number of deaths in the country through Cervical, Breast and Prostrate Cancer, Breast Care International (BCI), Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), a leading organization in the field of breast cancer advocacy and awareness in Ghana, for the past twelve-years, in conjunction with Peace and Love Hospitals (PLHs), conducted a free breast cancer education and clinical screening programme for the members of the Ghana Pentecostal Council of Churches at Royal House Chapel in Accra.
The programme, which was initiated by the Executive Board of the GPCC, was led by Apostle Emmanuel Achim Gyimah.
Lecturing the congregation, the Founder and President of BCI, Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, called for government commitment in order to win the fight against the disease.
She lamented over harsh reality of cancer deaths and called for concerted effort aimed at promoting cancer prevention, early detection, improved diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Wiafe, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Peace and Love Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi, said since the cause of cancer was not known worldwide, BCI and Peace and Love Hospitals, have embarked on a nationwide training of nurses, local organizations, and churches, among others.
She appealed to women to conduct Self-Breast-Examination (SBE) on monthly basis, clinical examinations and mammogram tests for early detection, and should not refrain from visiting the hospital since the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) covers part of breast cancer treatment.
A Breast Cancer survivor, who was with the Medical Team shared her story to the congregation.
The chairperson of the Women’s Wing of the GPCC in the Metropolis, Mrs. Mary Kwaasi, on behalf of the women expressed their gratitude to Dr. Wiafe, and her team for their efforts and support.
She assured that series of such programme woul be organized for GPCC chapters in Kasoa and Tema, and called on Christians to stop visiting prayer camps; they must seek medical advice when they have challenges about their health.
The Medical Team, clinically screened the entire participant for any breast related disease. Some suspected cases were referred for further investigations.