2,062 New Breast Cancer Cases, 1,137 Deaths Annually In Ghana – Dr. Wiafe
Available statistics indicate that 2,062 new breast cancer cases and 1,137 breast cancer deaths are estimated annually in Ghana, (Globocan).
This alarming situation calls for a concerted action from all stakeholders to find solutions to this cancer.
Dr (Mrs) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, President of Breast Care International (BCI) Ghana, and Africa’s leading Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) championing awareness creation for early detection and treatment of breast cancer made this known at the media launch of BCI GHANA WALK FOR THE CURE,2013, in Accra.
She said late presentation has been considered as the hallmark of the diseases, in the developing countries with an average of 60% of women reporting with either stage three or four, this according to her is unacceptable and must be stopped, adding “all efforts must be made to do downstage the stage at which women report, to the hospitals for treatment”.
Dubbed ‘Pink Month;’ October is the international breast cancer month used to create awareness and educate the general public about the disease. The entire month is used for breast cancer awareness creation, unlike other diseases which are celebrated in just a day.
Dr. Beatrice Wiafe said Global efforts to control breast cancer have focused on early detection and prompt action, with evidence indicating that diagnosing breast cancer at an early stages can save both the woman’s breast and her life.
Launching the Ghana Walk for the Cure Event 2013, which is on the Theme “Join the Fight Together We can Make A Difference.” Dr, Wiafe who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Peace and Love Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi, said on Saturday, October 26, the Walk will start from Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle through some principal streets in Accra, ending at the Accra sports stadium.
She announced that more than 30,000 participants are expected in 2013 Ghana Walk for the Cure Event. These include students, security agencies, market women, NGO’s, traditional rulers, civil servants, teachers, students, volunteers, keep-fit clubs and survivors.
The President of Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr.Kwabena Opoku Adusei, who chaired the function appealed to media to extend noise made on sports and politics to health related issues to save lives in the country.
Dr.Dr.Opoku Adusei, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of South Suntreso Government Hospital, in Kumasi, was worried over some men running away from their spouses when they contacted breast cancer.
He advised the women to report early to the hospital if they detect any sign on their breast.