March against breast cancer to rock Accra
One of the largest campaign marches against breast cancer is set to hit Accra, in the nation’s renewed fight against the deadly disease.
Described as war against breast cancer, about 20,000 people from across the country and abroad, are expected to participate in the march slated for Saturday, October 26, to create a national awareness against breast cancer as one of the leading causes of deaths among women.
Dubbed ‘Ghana Walks for the Cure,’ the event, which is being organised by Breast Care International (BCI) and the Breast Cancer Awareness Creation and Research Organisation, has the theme: ‘Join in the fight-together we can make a difference.’
As part of the march, free breast screening would be offered for women along the march route.
One woman dies from breast cancer every 69 seconds somewhere around the world.
More than 1,300,000 women died from breast cancer globally in 2010, and 2,062 women were diagnosed with the disease in Ghana, a country which ranks 10th in the burden of the disease in Africa.
The cause of the disease remains unknown, and the only way to cure it is for early detection and treatment.
‘All women are at risk,’ says Dr (Mrs) Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, President of BCI.
According to her many women are dying because of poor knowledge about the disease and the remedies available. She explained that the walk is to create the needed national awareness about breast cancer and curative measures.
She said early detection through periodic screening, remained key in the management of the disease and indicated that innocent women continue to die at prayer camps and herbal centres with the notion that the solution was in those places.
The only solution is to either have the tumor removed from the breast when it is detected early, or have the affected breast cut in late detections, to stop it from spreading to other parts of the body, Dr Wiafe-Addai explained.
Fortunately, the National Health Insurance Scheme covers breast cancer treatment. She therefore believes that women have no excuse not to seek the right medical attention.
The problem, she noted was poor awareness among Ghanaians, which the march aims at improving.
Judging from the first two walks in Kumasi in 2011 and 2012 which attracted over 10,000 and 15,000 participants respectively, Dr Wiafe-Addai expects a highly successful event in Accra.
High ranking personalities expected for the march which would start from the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and end at the Accra Sports Stadium, include President John Dramani Mahama and his Ministers, Members of Parliament and the Judiciary, academics and traditional leaders.
Members of civil society groups, corporate bodies, trade organisations, women groups, keep fit clubs, student bodies, development agencies and foreign organisations are billed to take part in the event.
Highlights of activities at the end of the walk would include a concert and glimpses into the lives of some cancer survivors.
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