Affordable Funding Increase Can Save 3 Million Lives From Cancer –UICC and BCI

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A leading global public health expects from the Union for International Cancer Control (U I CC) and Breast Care International (B C I) Ghana, announced that millions of lives could be saved through affordable increases in the investment into cancer services throughout the World.

New data, projects that US$18billion increase in funding per year by the International Community, can result in 30 percent reduction in cancer death in low-and-middle-income countries by 2030.

Dr. (Mrs) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, Founder and President of BCI and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Peace and Love Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi, made this known at free breast screening exercise at Bantama in Kumasi to mark World Cancer Day.

World Cancer Day, is observed every February 4,to create awareness on cancers and to advocate global action to control the epidemic .

The 2015 World Cancer Day, was on the theme, “Not beyond us”, and was sponsored by African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF).

According to Dr. Beatrice Wiafe, an all inclusive increase in awareness Creation and Education, will help to demystify Cancers, Clinical Screening for early stage disease and advised on Prompt Action, will also reduce the number of people reporting late, hence improve survival rates, and reduce mortality and mobility.

She said, more emphasis must be put on survivorship, to empower survivors to come out and share their positive experience, since this is one sure way to demystify Cancer.

“Cancer and other Non- Communicable diseases must be included in the priority list of our various countries”, she emphasized.

Dr. Wiafe Addai, encouraged participants to make most of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) when accessing health service, as a way to lower the out costs that individuals incur.

Dr. Frempong, Dr.Amanamah and Dr. Tawiah were also given lectures on Eye, Prostrate and Cervical Cancers respectively.

A breast cancer survivor and President of Peace and Love Survivors Association (PALSA) Mrs. Vivian Gyasi Sarfo, who was with the Team, shared her experience with the participants.

She challenged Ghanaian women to disabuse their minds of the misconception that the disease had spiritual connection or was associated with evil spirits, and advised them to report early to the hospital.

Participants were clinically screened for breast abnormalities and in particular, breast cancer.

Those with abnormalities were referred to the hospital for further investigation and treatment.

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A blood donation exercise was also conducted to support breast cancer patients in need of blood transfusion.

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