A Presbyterian minister has called on women to undergo regular breast examination exercises in order to early detect the disease.
The reverend minister (who spoke on condition of anonymity) was speaking at a workshop organised for Presbyterian Ministers’ Wives Association (PMWA) in Koforidua.
Dr Mrs Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, President of Breast Care International (BCI) and Peace and Love Hospital, whose outfit organised the workshop, bemoaned the late detection of breast cancer among many women in the society, and added, ‘This is claiming the lives of our women.’
She said early detection would help patients to survive, hinting that cancer patients should seek help at the right places.
Furthermore, Dr Mrs Wiafe- Addai said lack of awareness, support and inadequate cancer treatment facilities were some of the challenges confronting the fight of the disease.
She said, ‘All over the world, cancer is claiming more lives than malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis put together’ but was hopeful that the workshop would lead to significant awareness especially amongst school children.
He urged the women not to relent after the training but ‘go to various villages and create awareness that cancer can be cured when detected early.’
The Chairman for the occasion, Rev Paul K. Dekyem, said even though cases involving men were rare, men should also take interest in knowing all about breast cancer and its effect on patients so they could teach others about the disease.
A lecturer at the Presby University College, Dr Edward Wiafe-Debrah, urged the participants to ensure that they do away with all bottlenecks and go all out to create cancer awareness to save lives.
A visiting lecturer from USA, Prof Seth Wiafe, also lauded the effort of the women for the bold initiative.
The Koforidua workshop was the last of its kind organised for PMWA at the instance of their National President, Roskel Omenyo.
The women were drawn from Dangbetongu, Akyem Abuakwa, West Akyem and Akuapem presbyteries.
They were taken through lessons like epidemiology and risk factors of breast cancer, basic anatomy physiology of breast, pathology of breast cancer, principles and practice of breast cancer awareness creation and how to refer women with breast problems to the appropriate health institutions.
Some breast cancer survivors were also there to share their testimonies.
At the end of the course, the participants would qualify as Community Breast Health Promoters (CBHPs).
Dr Beatrice Wiafe-Addai said similar workshops would be organised for other churches and institutions or groups who are interested in becoming breast health promoters too.
FROM Rocklyn Antonio, Koforidua
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