Breast cancer campaigner urges increased access to treatment

Kwabia Owusu-Mensah, GNA

Kumasi, Sept 12, GNA – Breast cancer
campaigner, Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, has called for increased access to
treatment by all women, regardless of place in society or geographical

The socio-economic status of a woman or
where she lived should not determine whether she died or survived the cancer.

Dr. Mrs. Addai, who is the Chief Executive
Officer of Breast Care International (BCI), said the burden of the disease on
the victim, her immediate family and the entire community, should spur all on
to come together to fight it.

She was speaking at the media launch of the
“BCI Ghana walk for the cure, 2016”, at the Peace and Love Hospital in Oduom,

This year’s event, which is under the theme
“Do not be afraid, get checked” would be held at the Jubilee Park in Kumasi on
October 01.      

The walk, the sixth to be held in the
country, is being organized by BCI to create awareness of the debilitating
effects of breast cancer on women and the society at large.

It is expected to attract key personalities
– politicians, chiefs, celebrities, breast cancer survivors and many
professionals and the goal is to encourage everybody to undertake regular
self-examination of their breasts and to seek early treatment for any
abnormality detected.

Dr. Mrs. Addai indicated that cancers were
killing more people than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

She therefore invited all to work together
with sense of urgency to roll back fatalities among women, pointing out that,
many had been dying because of late reporting, diagnosis and treatment.

She said the disease if reported early,
could be treated and spoke of lots of women having survived the cancer and now
turned into ambassadors, championing its prevention.

The BCI, she said, would continue to create
awareness, demystify the disease and provide appropriate treatment for victims.

Dr. Mrs. Addai, applauded the cancer
survivors, supporting the awareness creation campaign in their communities.

She also commended the media and other
sponsors of the walk and expressed optimism that this year’s event would
attract record participation.


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