By: Evans Osei-Bonsu
Statistically, about 4,000 Ghanaian women are susceptible to Breast Cancer yearly. This alarming number has raised concerns amongst medical practitioners as the disease have both psychological and emotional effects on affected victims.
Globally, there are about 1.7 million new cases and 522,000 deaths from breast cancer each year as reported by Globocan in 2012. In a global effort to raise awareness on breast cancer, October has been designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the Pink Month (Breast Cancer Awareness Month).
The Pink Month is a month where efforts to educate those concerned about the disease, including early identification and signs and symptoms associated with breast cancer.
In an educative interaction on Kumasi-based Pure FM’s ‘Afisem’ program hosted by Eunice Attakorah-Manu (Akoto Mansa), Family Medicine Practitioner, Dr. Albert Adusei Dua, advised women to self-examine themselves once a month for any early signs of breast cancer, to visit their doctors regularly, and to get mammography periodically as 90% of early stage breast cancers are curable, often with treatments that conserve the breast.
He admonished further that, women should allow their partners to fondle and suck their breast so as to prevent the occurrence of the disease in the long term. However, he was quick to add that there’s no scientific evidence that sucking of breasts prevents breasts cancer but it only leads to early detection because the man sucking it will detect any abnormal growth or development because he knows the breast.
“Every year, breast cancer kills more than 500,000 women around the world. In resource-poor settings like ours, a majority of women with breast cancer are diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease, resulting in low survival rates.
Early diagnosis remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When found early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured. If detected late, however, curative treatment is often no longer an option. In such cases, treatment may improve quality of life and delay disease progression, while supportive and palliative care should be readily available to relieve suffering for patients and their families.
Over 4,000 Ghanaian women are diagnosed annually. We can prevent this by allowing our men to suck and fondle our breasts.” Dr. Albert Adusei Dua noted.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, and is the most common cause of cancer among women in most countries. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising steadily due to increased life expectancy, changing reproductive patterns (such as later age at first childbirth and less breast-feeding), and the adoption of western lifestyles.
Watch an excerpt of Dr. Albert Adusei Dua’s interview on ‘Afisem’ on Pure FM below.
Source: Purefmonline.com || Evans Osei-Bonsu || 2023