The University of Education, Winneba, Department of Psychology and Education, Guidance and Counseling Practicum II Group one, has advised women to undergo regular clinical breast examination, to know their breast cancer status.
Mr Gabriel Nyamalor, a member of the group, said breast cancer could be cured if detected early, and gave the assurance that regular examinations by women would prevent the spread of the disease to other parts of the body.
He made the remarks at a seminar held by the group, at Gomoa Potsin, in the Central Region, as part of its project work that was on the theme: “Creating Awareness of Breast Cancer”.
Participants were educated on signs of breast cancer, stages of the diseases, guidelines for the prevention of breast cancer, breast reconstruction, and how to carry out self examination to detect breast cancer.
Mr Nyamalor said that breast cancer would increase to 13.1 million by 2030 worldwide, adding that cancers are the leading cause of death worldwide more than HIV/AIDS and malaria.
He said according to World Health Organization, “breast cancer account for 22.9 per cent of all cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers) in women.
“In 2008, breast cancer caused 458,503 deaths worldwide, representing 13.7 per cent of cancer death in women”.
Mrs Patrice Blewu, Principal Nursing officer and Mrs Charlotte Lamptey, Nursing Officer, both at the National Center for Radiotherapy, Korle-bu Teaching Hospital, resource persons for the event, said that 1,880 new cancer cases were recorded at hospital. GNA