The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah has given assurance of his commitment to partner relevant institutions such as the Breast Care International, in making sure they raise an unrelenting fight against Breast Cancer in the region.
He said it at Cancer awareness programme organised by the Breast Care International, and Peace and Love Hospital in Kumasi.
The regional minister indicated that one major thing that he intends doing in his time, is to empower women economically to access quality healthcare.
A delegation from the Union for International Cancer Controll visiting hospital, to share experiences on the disease.
Hon. Osei-Mensah assured of government’s commitment to commit more resources to the prevention, management and treatment of breast cancer in the country.
He added that; “The government also believes that dealing with cancers will contribute immensely towards the eventual achievement of Goal 3 of the SDGs which is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”.
Figures released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that a total of 2,000 Ghanaian women were diagnosed of breast cancer in the year 2012. The reality of the situation is that most women with breast cancer have little or no knowledge about the disease.
The minister was sad about Breast cancer situation in the country which, according to figures, continue to be the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Ghana.
According to statistics, about 2,900 cases of cancer are diagnosed annually, with at least one out of eight women with the disease dying.
What has regrettably compounded the situation, the Regional Minister noted, was the attribution of the disease to superstition, making patients to resort to seeking care from prayer camps, herbalists or the resort to self-medication, rather than report early to a formal health facility.
He stressed: “After the visit of UICC, it is further anticipated that the best international practices would be adopted by Breast Care International and other stakeholders in the cancer campaign, so that together we can save the breast cancer patients and also dispel the erroneous perceptions people have about the disease.”
The minister urged the delegation from UICC to bring their knowledge and expertise to bear on the campaign by Breast Care International so that more people will benefit from the dedicated services of Dr. Wiafe Addae, CEO of the BCI, to reduce this unwanted increasing breast trends in cancer incidence in the country.
Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah reiterated the need of women to undertake regular checkups in order to avoid and or reduce cancer in the country.
“I further call on our men to encourage our mothers, wives, sisters and friends to visit health facilities for early detection,” he urged men.
The minister was hopeful that the visit of the UICC will go a long way to help compliment the efforts by Dr. Wiafe Addae and the Breast Care International to reduce breast cancer to a barest minimum in the region and Ghana at large.