22, GNA – The Head of the Surgical Department of the Koforidua Regional
Hospital, Dr Foster Amponsah-Manu has assured breast cancer patients that medical
officers also prayed for their patients.
“Just like the prayers
they receive at the prayer camps and the shrines in addition to the medical
service that we render to our patients.”
He has therefore
appealed to women to rush to the nearest medical facility for check up whenever
they detected any changes in their breast conditions and not prayer camps.
“This is to ensure
early detection and treatment of breast cancer patients and help to save their
Dr Amponsah-Manu was
speaking at the fourth Breast Cancer Survivors Meeting at Koforidua organised
by the surgical department of the Koforidua Regional Hospital in collaboration
with JEAD Breast Cancer Foundation.
He said from January
2017 to June 2018, the Breast Cancer Clinic of the Koforidua Regional Hospital
recorded 500 breast cancer cases with 50 deaths.
He advised people to
reduce their intake of oil and salty food and to engage in physical exercises
and eat well to avoid breast cancer.
Dr Amponsah-Manu said
within the last ten years, with the support of JEAD foundation, the surgical
department of the Koforidua Regional Hospital had conducted breast cancer
screening for 7,391 men and women in rural areas in Eastern and Greater Accra
The New Juaben
Municipal Director of Health Services, Dr Edmund Kaitoo urged breast cancer
survivors to help create awareness on breast cancer to help reduce the number
of people who die from breast cancer due to lack of sufficient information on
He expressed concern
about the high number of advertisements on alcoholic beverages and called on
people to reduce consumption of alcohol to help prevent breast cancer
Sarfo-Acheampong, the Clinical Psychologist of the Koforidua Regional Hospital
called for the establishment of more Breast Cancer Survivor groups to offer
psychological support to people suffering from breast cancer.
He advocated the
involvement of psychologists in the management of breast cancer survivors to
enable them to get holistic cure and care.
Dr Sarfo-Acheampong appealed
to the families of people suffering from breast cancer to support them to
enable them to bear the cost of managing the disease.
Ms Ama Boateng of the Department of Children,
Gender and Social Protection called for the breast cancer awareness campaign to
be spread throughout the year so that many people would be aware of how to
protect themselves against the disease.
Mrs Judith Ellen
Awuah-Darko, Founder of the JEAD Foundation for
Breast Cancer said breast cancer
is just like other diseases and urged women to seek early treatment.