Former President of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has urged women especially young girls to do regular breast cancer screening.
According to Dr Kwabena Opoku Adusei, the highest prevalence rate of breast cancer is currently among the among thus regular breast screening checks will prevent the young girls from contracting the deadly disease.
Dr Opoku Adusei gave the advice when he joined the Breast Cancer International, BCI-DHL, sponsored free screening exercise for senior high schools countrywide.
The screening at the Osei Kyeretwie Senior High School (OKESS) at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region drew over 2,800 students. They were educated on the danger of breast cancer and ways to prevent it.
The former GMA President underscored the need for parents to invest in the health of their children, insisting a country’s wealth, is a variable, dependent on the health status of its citizens.
Dr Opoku Adusei added that women dominate the informal sector of the economy, and advised parents to be particularly watchful of the health status of their daughters, who are more pre-disposed to breast cancer, which invariably affects their contribution to economic development.
Also, President of Breast Care International, Dr Beatrice Wiafe Addai urged the students to periodically carry our self-breast examination and promptly report any unusual observation for treatment.
She assured the students breast cancer, contrary to widely held misconceptions, is treatable and curable, but on condition early signs are reported for prompt attention.
Dr Wiafe Addai observed the collaboration with DHL had widened and expanded the coverage of free breast screening and encouraged other corporate and public spirited individuals to contribute and help bring health and prosperity to women in particular and Ghana in general.
Survivors of breast cancer present at the program related their personal experiences, assuring the students that they had no reason to be worried in the unlikely event of affliction, saying life doesn’t take a turn for the worst if detected on time and cured.
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