Public Relations agency, Mahogany Consult, has organized a one-day free breast
screening session for students and staff of Ghana Hostels Limited, University
of Ghana, to raise awareness, and promote early detection of breast cancer
The exercise, part of
its Corporate Social Responsibility, was carried out with support from Ghana
Hostels Limited and in collaboration with Sinel Specialist Hospital, from Tema.
It was to mark Breast
Cancer Awareness month in October by encouraging women to be attentive to their
bodies, do regular breast self-examination and get screened to prevent the loss
of lives to breast cancer.
screened and examined by Sinel Specialist Hospital medical team, for signs such
as; lump or thickening in the breast, swelling and redness of skin of the
breast, a discharge from the nipple, a rash or peeling of the skin on the
breast, pain in one spot of the breast, and a change in the size or shape of
the breast among other diagnosis and tests.
Principal Consultant of Mahogany Consult, said the breast screening exercise,
dubbed ‘October4Her,’ was expedient because despite the increasing awareness
about breast cancer, the disease still remains one of the major causes of death
among women in Ghana.
She urged women not to
shy away from such screening opportunities but rather come out confidently and
get screened or seek immediate medical guidance when necessary.
believes a healthy people make a productive and thriving society, hence the
reason for this breast screening exercise. There’s plenty of information
available to learn about breast cancer; we need to keep our lifestyles in
proper check while also paying more attention to the changes in our bodies.
Breast cancer is curable and no woman should die of breast cancer,” she said.
In a statement copied
to GNA, Dr. Michael McCarthy, CEO of Sinel Specialist Hospital and consultant
Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, states that “breast cancer is the leading cause of
cancer death in Ghana and timely screening can lead to earlier diagnosis and
treatment. Though breast cancer starts in the breast, it tends to spread to
other parts of the body as well.”
“Screening for breast
cancer helps with early detection and therefore early treatment. However, women
tend to avoid this due to a variety of reasons like: fear of diagnosis,
ignorance about screening, financial challenges, fear of the mammogram exam,
too busy, not a priority and lack of awareness to name a few,” he said.
Dr. McCarthy stated
that breast cancer is caused by three prevailing risk factors which are: being
female, age above 50 years and previous history of breast cancer.
He, therefore, urged
women to save their breasts by going for breast cancer screening and starting
the treatment early should the cancer be detected.
brothers, sons, and fathers; encourage women to examine their own breast once a
month and have a wealth workers’ examination once a year and if over 40 years
should have a mammogram once every year,” he added.
“For many of the
students and staff, this was the first time they were being screened for signs
and symptoms of breast cancer as well as receiving some education on the
I learnt a lot about
my body, my cycle and the need for me to check up regularly. It was educative
and insightful and I am grateful to Mahogany Consult for this superb initiative
of bringing the breast screening to our door step,” stated Ewura Adwoa Brew, a
student of the University of Ghana.
Mr Samuel Nkansah,
Deputy CEO of Ghana Hostels Limited, said the event was beneficial to staff
especially the low income earners.
“Most of our cleaners
here do not have money to get screened and are not sensitized on breast cancer
and the need to be screened regularly. This is a laudable initiative and we
were happy to be a part of and to support the initiative.”
The month of October
is dedicated to raising awareness of the risks of Breast Cancer and how
treatment can be provided to affected individuals and families.
According to the World
Cancer Research Fund, this year alone (2018) breast cancer was the most common
female cancer diagnosed worldwide with 2,088,849 recorded cases, contributing
to about 12.3% of the total number of all cancers diagnosed.
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