A Ghanaian Breast Cancer Campaigner and Advocate, Dr.(Mrs.)Beatrice Wiafe Addai, has urged the Government to extend the noise made about HIV/AIDS, which had helped to reduce the devastating effects of the deadly disease in the country, should be extended to the cancers as well to help save lives.
She was of the hope that cancer deaths in the country would be reduced if the deadly nature of cancers was highlighted and explained thoroughly to Ghanaians. Adding, “A woman treated of HIV/AIDS and allows a woman to die of breast cancer”.
She commended the government for reducing HIV/AIDS prevalence in the country to 1.8 per cent, which she said was very good.
Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, was speaking during the celebration of Africa part of Breast Care International/Globeathon Event to End Women Cancers at Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.
Globeathon Event to End Women Cancers is held every year on September 29, in more than 80 countries is an unprecedented call-to action, uniting communities around the world to raise awareness and support research on women cancers.
This year event is under the Theme: “One Step Can Make A World Of Difference”,was attended by medical professionals, government officials, traditional rulers, students, cancer survivors and volunteers
Dr.Beatrice Wiafe, is the President of BCI Ghana,and the Chief Executive Officer(CEO)of Peace and Love Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi, said there is no support for cancers especially breast, cervical, ovarian, uterine prostate, vaginal and vulvar, which accounted for almost 20% of the 5.1million estimated new cancer cases and 2.9million cancer deaths worldwide.
“More than 230,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, many in the late stages of their disease, and more than half will die”she added.
The President of Ghana Medical Association (GMA),Dr. Kwabena Opoku-Adusei,who chaired the function, said more women were being diagnosed with cancers at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital(KATH) than men with most of the cases being cervical and breast cancer.
The GMA President who dabbles as the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of South Suntreso Government Hospital in Kumasi, disclosed that statistics indicated that of the 4,470 cases recorded at the KATH between 2004 and 2011,3,374 which is 75 percent were females, while 1,096 which is 25% were males.
Dr.Opoku-Adusei, used the occasion to appealed to the King of Ashanti, His Royal Highness, Otumfuor Osei Tutu11,to provide space for the establishment of the Asanteman Cancer Registry, to get data to take care of the situation in Ashanti.
The Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Samuel Yaw- Adusei, was very worried about misconceptions about cancers in the country, and urged people with cancers not to visit shrines and prayer camps to seek cure for their diseases, stating that early detection and prompt treatment is the way to fight cancer.
He commended the BCI for the pioneer role it is playing in the fight against the disease.
Nana Oheneba Adusei-Poku, the Akyempimhene,who represented the King of Ashanti, Otumfuor Osei Tutu11,commended BCI Ghana and Dr. Beatrice Wiafe, for her tireless efforts over the years to battle breast and other cancers in the country.
The Queen Mother of Asante-Mampong Traditional Area, who is also the President of Ashanti Region Queen Mothers Association, added her voice to warned the women not to visit shrines and prayer camps for treatment of cancer related diseases, stating that hospital was the required place for the treatment for cancers.