Breast Cancer Is A Matter Of Public Concern — Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai

The Founder and President of Breast Care International, and Chief Executive Officer of Peace and Love Hospital, Dr. (Mrs) Beatrice Wiafe Addai has described Breast Cancer as a matter that demands all hands on deck to tackle it.

Breast cancer in Ghana frequently goes undetected until it has become late stage or it has metastasized to other parts of the body, at which point the chance of survival decreases greatly and treatment becomes less effective.

Findings of researches by Ghana’s leading Breast Cancer advocacy and support organization Breast Care International, and a researcher Prof. Wiafe of the Loma Linda University, show that reasons for delayed presentation of the disease by women in Ghana include lack of awareness, severe social stigma, fear of diagnosis and treatment, and limited screening and treatment capabilities.

In view of this, Breast Care International (BCI) in conjunction with Peace and Love Hospitals (PLHs) led by Dr. Wiafe Addai has been conducting free breast cancer education and clinical screening for women across the length and breadth of Ghana.

One of such exercises has been organized for women at Bepoase in the Sekyere South District of the Ashanti region through the Bepoase Wesley Methodist Church, where Dr. Wiafe advised that for breast cancer to be treated and ultimately cured it is completely dependent on the time of presentation, intimating that a delay in diagnosis and subsequent treatment can have catastrophic results for a woman and her family.

She added that the late stage presentation of breast cancer to the hospital is still a problem in Ghana, despite the over a decade of education and awareness creation. Breast Cancer education, she stressed, “Must be a dynamic process, hence a matter of public health concern”.

The program began with an educational component comprising a lecture from Dr.Wiafe Addai on the signs, symptoms, risk factors, methods of investigation, the available treatment options, importance of Breast Self-Examination and demonstration of how to properly perform one’s own Breast Self-Examination (BSE).

The second part was full of a medical team’s clinical screening of all the participants for breast diseases, particularly breast cancer and referral of some suspected cases for further investigations and management.

The Minister in Charge of the Bepoase Wesley Methodist Church Reverend Andorful on behalf of the church board and entire membership expressed gratitude to Dr. Wiafe and her team for their efforts and support.

He added “We will ensure that, the women and ladies in the church and community benefit from this screening program every six months’’.

( By: Samuel Appau Aheng / MG )
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