Women have been urged to adopt regular breast cancer screening to avoid late stages of the disease to prevent early deaths.
The disease when detected earlier can be treated and cured, according to the President of Breast Care International (BCI), Dr Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai.
She said this during free breast cancer education and screening for the members of Adweso branch of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in Koforidua in the Eastern region on Sunday, August 7, 2022.
She noted that most breast cancer deaths would have been prevented if early proper screening had been held to detect it for prompt action to be taken.
“The disease at the early stage is not painful, the only way to detect it is through medical screening. The disease is preventable, treatable and curable only when it is detected early,” she said.
Dr Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai, who is also the CEO of Peace and Love Hospitals in Kumasi and Accra also asked them to disabuse their minds from the notion that some spiritual factor is responsible for breast cancer.
Dr Mrs Wiafe Addai explained that though the causal agent of the disease has not yet been established, it has no traces of witchcraft.
This, she asked the women to avoid applying traditional medicines on the breasts whenever they notice unusual thing in the breasts, and seek early medical attentions from qualified health experts.
Resident Pastor of Adweso Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev Mrs Janet O. D. Addo, in her remarks appealed to the men to encourage their wives to visit health facilities regularly for breast screening.
She also advised the women not rely on prayers only when treating complicated diseases like the breast cancer, but also resort to the hospitals for right treatments to be administered.