… 1.7 Million New Cases, 522,000 Deaths In 2012 Worldwide
Available statistics indicate that, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in women
The global incidence and mortality of breast cancer is on the rise and Ghana is no exception, it is estimated that nearly 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed with an estimated 522,000 deaths that occurred around the world in 2012, and in Ghana, 2,260 women were diagnosed with the disease (Globocan Sources).
Dr (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, Founder and 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 know at the media launch of BCI GHANA WALK FOR THE CURE, 2014 in the Brong-Ahafo Regional capital Sunyani last Tuesday.
She said breast cancer is a highly treatable, curable and survivable if diagnosed early, and 70% of Ghanaian women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are in the advanced stage of the disease, this according to her is unacceptable and must be stopped.
She attributed for the delayed presentation among women in Ghana include lack of breast cancer awareness and education.
Dr. Beatrice Wiafe, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Peace and Love Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi, one of the leading breast cancer treatment facilities in the country, 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.
Dubbed ‘Pink Month’; October is the international breast cancer month used to create awareness and educate the public about the disease. The entire month is used for breast cancer awareness creation, unlike other diseases which are celebrated in just a day.
Launching the GHANA WALK FOR THE CURE EVENT 2014, which is on the Theme “Let’s Join in the Fight, We are Stronger Together” said the Walk is the country’s largest and most successful awareness creation event for breast cancer, which was started in 2011.
The past three walks held in Kumasi in 2011 and 2012 attracted over 13,000 participants and 20,000 participants respectively, whereas Accra in 2013 attracted 30,000 participants.
Dr. Wiafe Addai, who is the Council Member and the immediate Past Vice-President of African Organization Research and Treatment In Cancer (AORTIC), in charge of West Africa, announced that the 2014 event schedule in Sunyani on Saturday, October 25, is expected to attract more than 30,000 participants from all over the country. Several international participants including the media will also join the walk.
This include students, security agencies, market women, NGO’s, traditional rulers, civil servants, teachers, volunteers, keep-fit clubs and survivors, politicians among others would all converge at the Regional Administration, at 6:00am, from where they will walk through the principal streets of Sunyani and finally to the Coronation Park in Sunyani.
Water points and participants converging points will be conspicuously marked along the route.
Awareness about breast cancer will be created by providing information on the disease to the participants and the general public using placards, and fliers.
The Paramount Chief of Kukuom Traditional Council, and immediate past President of Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs, Nana Osahene Kwaku Aterkyi III, who chaired the function, appealed to the media to extend noise made on Sports and Politics to health related issues to save lives in the country.
He lamented over some men running away from their spouses when they contacted breast cancer.
He advised women to report early to the Hospital if they detect any sign on their.
Nana Kwaku Aterkyi III, thanked some organizations for showing their support towards the event.
They include Inter-Commercial Impex Ltd.(Producers of Forever Easy Yofi Sanitary Pads),Peace and Love Hospitals, Philips Healthcare, Varian Medical Systems, Roche, Unichem,First Capital Plus and Enterprise Group.
Others include Johnson and Johnson, Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB), Agriculture Development Bank (adb), Unicredit, Direct Relief, Universal Merchant Bank, Ghana Airports and Joe Kona Company Ltd among others.
The Paramount Chief of Kukuom, personaly donated some amount towards the Walk.