Contraceptives can cause breast cancer – Surgeon

By Sarah Ankamah-Yeboah/Josephine Oppong, GNA

Abesim (B/A), Nov. 13, GNA – Continuous use of
contraceptives among women is a high risk factor that can cause breast cancer,
Dr Robert Arkoh , a surgeon has said.

He advised women to minimize use of
contraceptives, give birth early, and do frequent breast examination.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency
(GNA) on the sidelines of a breast screening exercise held at Abesim, near
Sunyani, Dr Arkoh said breast cancer can be managed if detected early and urged
women to go for regular medical checkups.

More than 70 women benefited from the
screening exercise, organized by the Dream Field International School.

Dr Arkoh, a specialist surgeon at the Sunyani
Municipal Hospital, said late child bearing was also another factor that could
cause breast cancer and advised women to give birth possibly before they attain
35 years.

Mr Bernard Baffour Asare, the Headmaster of
the school, said the screening forms part of the school’s social responsibility
to give back to society.

Held on the theme: “your health, your
wealth’’, the exercise created an opportunity for awareness creation on the
causes and early symptoms of breast cancer and how women could protect
themselves against it.

Mrs Mercy Ayiwa, one of the beneficiaries,
expressed appreciation to the school and prayed that the screening exercise
would be sustained to benefit more women.


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