Breast cancer deaths  still in Ghana 23 July,2018

  Hajia Asana Sumani, a health specialist with the Ghana Health Service has disclosed that Breast Cancer disease had killed many women worldwide.

She said the rate of the disease in Ghana was estimated between 50-70 cases in every 100, 000 women across the country.

Hajia Sumani disclosed this during a day’s fellow-up on breast cancer examination, which was organised by the Department of Gender in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Tamale.

The event was to share experiences acquired on the breast and cervical cancers activities carried out after some selected 60 women groups’ leaders were trained on the disease last year.

She said about 99 per cent of all cases of breast cancer in the country were women while the one per cent cases were men.

Hajia Sumani said “This phenomenon is very worrying and therefore needs a concerted effort in detecting and treating the disease early enough to save the lives of women”.

She also advised girls and women to also stop inserting foreign chemicals into their vagina, since these could cause cervical cancer.

She urged the women to educate their groups in the local way to create awareness on the effects and the prevention of the diseases.

As part of a fellow-up, the participants were also taken through breast examination for early detection of cases and also to show them how they could exam the breast themselves.

Hajia Sumani advised women to visit the hospital for breast examination every two years.

 

 


 

Marathoner Runs Her Own 26.2 Three Days Before Breast Cancer Surgery 15 October 2018

Melanie Gruenwald was raising money for breast cancer awareness while training for the NYC Marathon. Then she was diagnosed with the disease herself.
Last January, Melanie Gruenwald signed up for the New York City Marathon to raise money for Sharsheret—a non-profit that provides support for Jewish women with breast cancer. Her goal was to raise $5,000.

In late August, Gruenwald had to defer her race registration and turn to the very organization she was supporting. At age 42, in the middle of training for her second marathon, she was diagnosed with breast cancer herself.

“I think the irony of the situation wasn’t lost on me,” Gruenwald said. “The first thing I told my radiologist was that this doesn’t make sense. I am raising money for this cause, I shouldn’t be a recipient of its services.”

Her doctors scheduled a bilateral mastectomy two weeks before the NYC Marathon. Despite knowing she would not be able to travel from her home in Denver, Colorado, for the race, Gruenwald continued to train.

“I didn’t know what else to do besides keep running,” she said.

Gruenwald was not going to line up in Staten Island, but she decided she still wanted to complete a marathon anyway. So, she designed her own course, starting and finishing on her driveway. She scheduled the solo race three days before her surgery.

“Being a runner, I really love being on a training plan,” Gruenwald said. “I just didn’t know how to get off it. I didn’t want my training to go to waste.”

On October 18, more than 40 of Gruenwald’s running partners, friends, and family signed up to complete sections of the homemade course with her. The route crossed many of her favorite running routes.

At the finish line, she broke pink tape under a balloon arch next to her son, who rode his bike by her side for the final mile.

“It was exhilarating; the finish matched my wedding day and childbirth,” she said. “The strength and empowerment you get from running was totally captured in that moment.”

While Gruenwald said she missed the crowd support from thousands of spectators lining New York’s course, she preferred her own race.

“The experience was so different, it was personal, every mile was carried with love,” she said.

Now, as she recovers from her successful surgery, Gruenwald looks forward to running again. She hopes to register for the NYC Marathon in 2016, once again raising money for Sharsheret. It will be tough to top her fundraising total from this year. She’s raised nearly $20,000.

 


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