The United Nations Youth Association – Ghana ( UNYA – Ghana ) Parliament’s committee on health is educating Ghanaians and people around the globe on Breasts Cancer and its awareness. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is marked in countries across the world and helps to increase attention and support for awareness, early diagnosis, and treatment as well as palliative care for women facing this disease.
In a statement released over the weekend to create awareness, the health committee of UNYA – Ghana Parliament said Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control.
Hon. Semanu Adoboe, the chairman of the health committee stated that there are about 1.7 million new cases and 522 000 deaths from breast cancer each year (Globocan 2012) adding, 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 breastfeeding), and the adoption of western lifestyles”. He added
According to the statement, 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, treatment to achieve a cure 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”. The statement appealed.
Hon. Lovelace Bobobee Kwadjo Edzor, the vice-chairman of the health committee mentioned that the majority of women who die from breast cancer live in low – and middle-income countries, where most women are diagnosed in late stages due to a variety of factors.
“These include limited awareness on the part of the public and health care providers, and the lack of access to timely, affordable and effective diagnosis and treatment”. He explained
The statement emphasised that only a health professional can tell after screening and tests that one has breast cancer. But there are few signs and symptoms that should prompt one to quickly get screened at the nearest hospital.
The statement mentioned Changes in breast size and shape, skin changes on the breast, recent nipple inversion or nipple abnormalities, nipple discharge, particularly blood-stained Swellings in armpits as the main signs and symptoms of cancer of the breast.
“Therefore, encourage a sister, a girlfriend, a mother, a brother, a boyfriend, a father and colleague to get screened for breast cancer at the nearest health facility today”.The statement encouraged
“In the month of November, World Heath Organisation will release a new document to help countries improve capacity for early diagnosis for breast and other cancers”. The statement assured
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