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Health alert Breast cancer deaths still high - GHS

The GHS indicated that about 99 percent of all cases of breast cancer in the country were women while the one per cent cases were men.

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has expressed worry about cancer related deaths in Ghana.

According to the Service, about 50 to 70 cases are recorded among every 100,000 women in Ghana.

A health specialist with the GHS, Hajia Asana Sumani made this disclosure during a one-day forum on breast cancer examination.

The event was organised by the Department of Gender in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Tamale.

The event was to share experiences acquired on the breast and cervical cancers activities carried out after some selected 60 women groups’ leaders were trained on the disease last year.

Hajia Sumani stated that about 99 per cent of all cases of breast cancer in the country were women while the one per cent cases were men.

“This phenomenon is very worrying and therefore needs a concerted effort in detecting and treating the disease early enough to save the lives of women,” she said.

She also advised girls and women to also stop inserting foreign chemicals into their vagina, since these could cause cervical cancer.

She urged the women to educate their groups in the local way to create awareness on the effects and the prevention of the diseases.

The participants were also taken through breast examination for early detection of cases and also to show them how they could exam the breast themselves.

Hajia Sumani advised women to visit the hospital for breast examination every two years.

Source: GNA

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