By Isaac Arkoh, GNA
Sept. 13, GNA - Breast Care International (BCI), a Non- Governmental
Organisation (NGO), dedicated to awareness creation on breast cancer on
Thursday advocated for a comprehensive data gathering that will aid effective
planning and interventions to deal with breast cancer and other related
Dr Mrs Beatrice
Wiafe Addai, President of BCI, who made the call, indicated that a
comprehensive data will help the BCI to see a clearer picture that will enable
it to develop critical interventions to save lives, because the disease was a
leading cause of death amongst women in Ghana.
“We don’t have
centralized data regarding the figures. Every hospital has its own data but we
do not have a national data that is reliable or credible,” she stated.
Dr Mrs Addai
who was speaking at the launch of the 2019 edition of "BCI walk for the
cure" in Cape Coast, said an average of 4,645 breast cancer cases were
recorded in Ghana in 2018, and the nation was ranked 10th out of 54 countries
surveyed in Africa with the disease prevalence.
view with statistics, she announced that 58 percent of breast cancer patients
were under the age of 50, and that many of the afflicted persons resorted to
quack doctors and application of uncertified herbal concoctions.
This was due to
lack of knowledge about breast cancer, over-reliance on ineffective alternative
therapies, inadequate facilities and lack of trained personnel and funds and
this was gradually affecting the development of the country since many
industrious women were dying.
reasons for the walk, the President of BCI said "cancer could be
effectively treated if diagnosed early but unfortunately, more than half of the
women who were treated in Ghana receive their treatment when the disease was
further noted that due to the high cost of treatment, poor women who were the
most affected could not afford treatment and therefore were at risk of losing
She also called
on government to prioritise and scale-up efforts to decentralise and increase
breast cancer rehabilitation centres across the country for early detection and
diagnosis to save many women perishing on daily basis from breast cancer due to
late diagnosis, screening, and inadequate facilities.
In that respect,
she called on government to include the screening and treatment of breast
cancer to the regiment of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), so that
the most vulnerable in society could benefit.
Dr Addai urged
all stakeholders to join the fight against the disease.
She said the
disease was surrounded with lots of myth and misconceptions and encouraged
women to practice healthy lifestyles and visit the hospital regularly to screen
and check for possible cancer detection and treatment.
Duncan, Central Regional Minister who chaired the function, applauded the BCI
team, the President and partners for their unwavering determination to take
breast cancer education to all persons across the country.
his support and commitment to ensuring that the regional version of the walk
became the best and called on all to support it.
The main event
which is the ninth edition is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 12,
2019 on the theme, "early detection is the best protection" and would
attract more than 50,000 participants from across the country and other
It would have
survivors share their stories and showcase survivorship and is expected to
attract key personalities including Mr Kwamena Duncan, the Central Regional
Minister, ministers of state, heads of institutions, academia, Asafo groups,
youth clubs, students and the general public.