BIBIANI:Chirano Gold Mines pushes breast cancer screening for women
|Dr. Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai|| |
Breast cancer, is painless and many women can live with it for years without detection, however regular examination of breast and early report of symptoms to the nearest health facility could save the situation.
Mostly late reporting at health facilities with breast cancer tends to leave physicians with the only option to remove the affected breast.
These were some of the serious concerns raised by Dr. Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of BCI during a day’s free breast cancer education and screening organized for women within the Chirano, Akoti-Etwebo and Paboase catchment area of Chirano Gold Mines Limited (CGML).
She stated that fear, stigmatization, high patronage of herbal concoction and over-reliance on prayer centres has been the cause for the delay in reporting breast cancer cases for prompt attention by women.
Dr. Addai said all women are prone to breast cancer but early detection could prevent the removal of breasts affected by cancer and assured the women that it was curable if detected early.
“Many women who have even had one of their breast removed due to breast cancer can still survive and live a very successful and meaningful life but this calls for early diagnosis and detection” she added.
The exercise was fully sponsored by CGML and formed part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of the company.
Mr. Stephen W. K. Mensah, Community Relations Superintendent of Chirano Gold Mines Limited, said it will continue to support not only in the provision of infrastructure but will also assist in whatever ways to improve the health and social standards of the various communities and therefore appealed to inhabitants of the area to patronize all initiatives introduced to improve their standard of living.