In the believe that “prevention is better than cure” there has been widespread enthusiasm for screening populations for illness in its early stage, so that a better outcome can be achieved by more effective intervention.
This concept has been growing in strength since Breast Care International – A Kumasi Based NGO has been such a valuable contribution because of the increasing importance of Breast cancer as a major cause of death among women.
Breast care and management is a highly specialized medical arena. Here we are not just talking about breast cancer. There are a number of non-cancerous breast conditions and diseases that if carefully diagnosed are relatively easy to keep under control. It is known that a concerted efforts from stakeholders and an aggressive approach to breast cancer screening and management may reduce breast cancer mortality and morbidity drastically.
In view of this, Breast Care International (BCI) and Peace and Love hospitals organized a free Breast Cancer Education and Screening for all female students of Juabeng Senior High School located in the Ejisu Juabeng District of the Ashanti Region on 14th March, 2014.
In her speech, Dr. (Mrs.) Wiafe Addai educated the students about Breast Cancer, the causes and the effects on the socio-economic growth of a nation.
Dr. (Mrs.) Wiafe Addai then advised students to be more health conscious and perform their own breast self examination every month.
She emphasised that educating the children will lead to a reduction in the myth and misconception surrounding Breast Cancer in our country; since they will not only grow up with the acquired knowledge about the disease but also teach their mothers, aunties, grandmothers and other family members as well.
She then cautioned the students to focus on their studies and to achieve their academic goals.
The headmaster of the school Rev. Oppong Anane also advised the students to report any abnormalities to their parents and visit the hospital for early treatment.
About Thousand Two Hundred (1,200) students were clinically screened for breast pathologies especially breast cancer. Twenty (20) were detected with breast challenges.