… Dr. Wiafe Tell Women … Saying It Can Be Cured When Detected Early
The President of Breast Care International (BCI) Ghana, a leading and vibrant breast cancer awareness creation, screening, diagnoses, treatment and rehabilitation Non – Governmental Organization (NGO), Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, has made it clear that breast cancer is not a death sentence, since it can be cured when detected early and prompt action is taken.
“Breast diseases such as breast cancer is a reality and it will continue to claim the lives of women if measures are not taken to ensure early detection and prompt treatment which are the only means of controlling the disease”, She added.
Dr. Beatrice Wiafe was addressing over 800 members drawn from various parts of the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese of the Catholic Women Association at an annual conference at Asankragua, in the Wassa-Amenfi District of the Western Region.
The renowned Female Ghanaian General Surgeon, Consultant Breast Surgeon, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Peace and Love Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi, reminded the women to be mindful of their breast health since they play an important role in society.
“Breast cancer kills women more than any other disease in the world, with developing countries such as Ghana recording high mortality”. She lamented.
Dr (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai is a Council Member of the African Organization for Research and Treatment In Cancer (AORTIC) who made Presentations and Chaired some Sessions, at the last AORTIC Conference in Durban, South Africa, which attracted more than 1000 delegates from over 38 countries, including 24 African countries, advised the women to avail themselves for clinical breast examination at least every year and seek professional medical advice whenever the need arises.
She appealed to the women not to be influenced by misconceptions and cultural myths to stay away from medical treatment if they are diagnosed with any breast disease.
Chairperson of International Breast Cancer and Nutrition (IBCN) Project in Ghana, Chairperson, Ghana Breast Cancer Alliance, Race Chair, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Chair, BCI Ghana Walk for the Cure, emphasized that Breast-Self-Examination(BSE), clinical breast examination, mammography are crucial in the early detection of any signs and symptoms of breast cancer for prompt treatment.
Dr (Mrs) Wiafe Addai, urged the women to be careful in applying herbal preparations to their breasts as medication, since traditional herbal medicines have not proven to be efficacious in treating breast diseases, particularly breast cancer.
A breast cancer survivor of several years was introduced to the women to share her experience and assure them that any woman diagnosed with breast cancer can still live a fruitful and rewarding life.
The education on breast cancer was soon followed by a clinical breast examination, by the Para-medical team, which saw all the women clinically screened for signs and symptoms of breast cancer, and other breast pathologies.
Some suspected cases were referred for clinical diagnostics.