Minister calls on all to join the breast cancer awareness campaign 30 October 2019

The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye Darfour has observed that breast cancer can affect both males and female and not women alone as most people believe. He has therefore called on all to join the breast cancer awareness campaign in the country.

Mr Darfour was speaking at this year annual durbar of breast cancer survivors at Koforidua which was organised to mark the breast cancer awareness month this October.

Earlier, hundreds of breast cancer survivors, staff of medical institutions in Koforidua and some civil society organizations organised a float and marched through the principal streets of New Juaben South Municipality to raise public awareness on breast cancer.

Mr. Darfour commended the management of the Koforidua Regional Hospital and the Judith Ellen Awuah Darko (JEAD) Foundation for Breast Cancer for creating breast cancer awareness in the hard to reach areas to help early detection and treatment of breast cancer patients.

Mrs Judith Ellen Awuah Darko, Executive Director of JEAD Breast Cancer Foundation, said the presence of many breast cancer survivors was an indication that breast cancer could be treated and managed. She said the challenge was how to detect the disease early for early treatment.

Mrs Awuah-Darko therefore called on families to support their relations suffering from breast cancer to seek early treatment.

Dr Kwame Anim Boamah, Medical Director of the Koforidua Regional Hospital, expressed appreciation to the JEAD Foundation for Breast Cancer and the Surgical Department of the Hospital for creating awareness and helping for early detection and treatment of breast cancer patients.

Dr Foster Amponsah-Manu, Head of the Surgical Department of the Hospital, advised breast cancer patients not to allow lack of money to delay them in seeking early treatment for breast cancer cases.

He said from January to September this year, the Koforidua Regional Hospital recorded 462 breast cancer cases, surgically operated 44 persons and 16 people died from the desease within the period under review.

Dr Sampson Ofori, the Chairman, advised that when talking about breast cancer, the focus should not be on women alone because men also suffered from the disease.

By Edmund Quaynor, GNA

 


 

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16 Dead from breast cancer at Eastern Regional Hospital

Sixteen people have been reported dead from breast cancer at the Eastern Regional Hospital between January to September 2019 alone.

In the same period, 44 patients were operated on and have survived up to date. A total number of 462 breast cancer cases were recorded at the Regional hospital during the same period.

Head of the surgical department at the Eastern Regional Hospital who doubles as Executive Director for Judith Ellen Awuah Darko Foundation, Dr Forster Amponsah-Manu, made the disclosure when the Foundation organised a breast cancer awareness campaign and screening in Koforidua.

Dr Amponsah said, most patients seek spiritual intervention instead of medical intervention, a situation which aggravates the plight of many.

He said that most patients would have been saved if they sought early treatment but because most come when the cancer has reached its advanced stages and the hospital is unable to do anything for them.

According to statistics, every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer while in every 12 minutes someone dies from breast cancer in the world.

He called on Ghanaians to regularly check their breast and report to the hospital if they detect any anomaly in the breast.

He said, “it’s only fighting and having a positive mind that we can achieve success so we beg people that whenever you find out that you have any abnormality in your breast, please come to the hospital and we will treat it for you.”

Speaking against the stigmatisation of breast cancer patients he added, “we are urging breast cancer survivors to go out there and tell people that being diagnosed of breast cancer is not equal to death [and] that a lot of breast cancer patients survive.”

He also advised families of breast cancer survivors not to stigmatise breast cancer patients.


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