Breast cancer is not spiritual or satanic, seek early treatment – Dr. Serwaa Donkor
By Rexkin Ohene Boateng, Hello Fm Kumasi
The Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Ghana’s Minerals Commission, Dr. Mrs. Louis Carol Serwaa Donkor has advised Ghanaian women to reject perceptions that breast cancer is a spiritual or satanic disease rather they should seek possible early healthcare to save their lives.
Every year more than 2000 Ghanaian women die from breast cancer out of the 4000 diagnosis.
This represents close to 50 per cent of women dying needlessly from this disease.
She said it is not only Ghanaian women who develop breast cancer so women should disregard the myths and people’s opinions of breast cancer illness having spiritual links or connection as higher cases of the deadly disease were being reported worldwide.
Dr. Serwaa Donkor said this when she organized a two 2 days free breast cancer screening and treatment for people in Pankrono and Tafo at the two community market squares in collaboration with the Old Tafo Municipal Health Directorate on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively with the theme: “Catch It Early, Save A Life And Save A Breast”
According to her, breast cancers were the number one killer diseases among women and therefore appealed to the people to stop hiding in their rooms, wasting time at prayer camps and unapproved treatment centers and seek quick medical attention.
Stating the rationale behind the free screening and treatment, the National Alternative Employment and Livelihood Programme, NAELP Coordinator disclosed that looking the deadly nature of breast cancers, October being set aside by the World Health Organization WHO to create awareness of breast cancer and as part of her social responsibilities to give back to her people and society where she was bled and nurtured were her prior objectives.
The Old Tafo Municipal Director of health services, Ms Faustina Osei Mensah pointed out that breast cancer does not stay in the breast alone but areas such as liver, heart womb and some other parts of the body and so there cannot be any primary treatment but secondary treatment, which is early detection and prompt action.”
According to her, it is about time breast cancer was given the needed attention after COVID-19, as the number one killer of women.
Madam Faustina Osei Mensah advised women to conduct self-breast examinations and report abnormalities for early treatment, underlining the fact that people can survive breast cancer, it is not a curse, it is one of the non-communicable diseases.
The Veteran Midwife commending the sponsor for her bold heart to provide quality healthcare delivery for people in Tafo-Pankrono, she encouraged other stakeholders to emulate this shining example to conquer or reduce the number of people dying from the curable disease.
This year’s breast cancer awareness was launched at Tepa in the Ashanti region where thousands of people walked through the principal streets of Tepa community attracted prominent personalities including Tepamanhene Nana Adusei Atwenewaa Ampem I, students, and other individuals.
It was themed “Breast Cancer Won’t Rest, So Why Should We” when Dr. Wiafe Addai the Chief Executive Officer for Breast Care International who is also the CEO of Peace and Love Hospitals waged a war against the ailment in Ghana and the African sub region.
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