Non-governmental organization, Breast Care International (BCI) has organized a seminar and free breast cancer screening for female students of the Trede Senior High School (SHS) in the Atwima Kwanwoma district of the Ashanti region.
In all 630 students benefited from the exercise.
The exercise which had support from DHL global haulers forms part of the two institutions national program in a bid to reduce the disease in the country.
Speaking at the screening exercise, President of BCI who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Peace and Love Hospitals, Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, said the programme is targeted at the youth because they form the integral part of the nation’s workforce hence must be educated to ensure behavioral change.
“You are agents of change, indeed trainers of trainees, who must work tirelessly even at this stage, if we are to achieve our mission statement of a breast cancer free Ghana in the next three decades,” she added
She lamented that the adoption of western culture and lifestyle are the major cause of breast cancer and cautioned the students to desist from unhealthy habits such as smoking, excessive drinking and lack of exercise.
Dr. Wiafe however said early detection and prompt reporting of same is a sure way of reducing the effect of the disease.
She encouraged the students to form “BREAST CLUBS” and sustain the breast cancer education among their peers.
For his part the headmaster of the school, Kwabena Fosu Kesson, commended BCI and DHL for the education and screening programme.