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Breast Care advocate appeals to gov't to Include breast cancer screening in NHIS

President of Breast Care International, Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai has appealed to government to include breast cancer screening in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

According to Dr. Mrs. Wiafe Addai many women are dying of breast cancer because of late detection.

The only solution to this canker, she noted, is by making the clinical screening of breast cancer free of charge.

The breast cancer advocate revealed this while educating women at the Donewell Society Methodist Church at New Fadama in Accra.

She said the real concern was that most patients reported to health facilities with advanced cancer cases rather too late, when much could not be done.

“The NPP in its manifesto promised to make the screening for breast cancer free so we will continue to remind government to fulfill that promise,” she added.

The breast surgeon disclosed that about 1,000 women are diagnosed with cancer annually and most of them lost their lives because, they report to the hospitals very late.

She indicated that though government had put in place measures, which outlined the key strategies for the control of cancers in Ghana that is yet to materialize.

Dr. Wiafe Addai, also the Chief Executive Officer of the Peace and Love Hospitals said many women will be saved if the cost for the clinical screening for breast cancer is borne by government.