Thousands walk against breast cancer in Cape Coast

By Isaac Arkoh, GNA

Cape Coast,
Oct. 13, GNA – Thousands of people from all walks of life over the weekend
participated in a breast cancer awareness health walk in Cape Coast.

The walk was to
sensitise Ghanaians on the causes, symptoms, treatment and dangers of the
disease to effectively reduce the burden cancer patients go through in
accessing drugs.

It was on the
theme: “Early Detection is the Best Protection”.

The ninth
edition of the walk dubbed: “Walk for the Cure” was put together by
Breast Care International (BCI), a breast cancer awareness organization with
support from its partners.

October is
celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the pink ribbon is used as a
symbol of solidarity in all countries.

Throughout the
month, countries across the world organise events with an aim to help increase
attention and support for awareness, early diagnosis, and treatment as well as
palliative care for women facing this disease.

The Central
Regional walk brought together key personalities including Mr. Kwamena Duncan,
the Regional Minister, Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, a former Minister for Gender,
Women and Children Affairs, Obrempong Nyanful Krampah XI, the Paramount Chief
of the Gomoa AjumakoTraditional Area and President of the Regional House of
Chiefs, Osabarema Kwesi Atta II, Omanhen of Oguaa Traditional Area.

There was also
massive representation of females from the second cycle institutions,
University of Cape Coast (UCC), the. Federation of Persons with Disabilities
(PWDs) and the media.

The
enthusiastic participants boldly held their Ghana flags to match their BCI
branded white tops, as they commenced the walk from the forecourt of the Cape
Coast Castle through the principal streets and finally converged at the Cape
Coast Sports Stadium where various speakers took turns to address the milled
crowed.

Amidst brass
band music, the participants held their Ghana flags and distributed flyers
while educating the public on the need to prioritise regular breast cancer
check-ups to avoid the dire consequences.

The President
of BCI and Chief Executive Officer of Peace and Love Hospitals, Mrs. Beatrice
Wiafe Addai, was grateful to the participants for supporting the exercise to
scale-up public education on the menace of Breast cancer.

She called for
increased support and sustained public education saying early detection
remained 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,” she said.

Mr. Kwamena
Duncan advised all especially women to examine their breast regularly for early
detection of the disease.

GNA

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