Ghana News-Some breast cancer survivors at the Peace and Love Hospital in Kumasi have lauded the efforts of the renowned cancer surgeon, Dr Beatrice Wiafe Addai for her generosity.
At a conference held to discuss their welfare scheme and projects they intend undertaking for this year, the group commended the President of Breast Care International (BCI) for carrying out surgeries on them at completely reduced costs.
Speaking on behalf of the over 200 group members that included two males who had similar breast complications, Mrs Vivian Gyasi Sarfo, President of Peace and Love Survivors Association (PALSA) said but for the kindness of the renowned cancer surgeon none of the survivors could have borne the cost of treatment, surgery and therapy.
Having survived cancer for the past 15years, Mrs Sarfo urged the public to disregard the notion breast cancer was not treatable, adding that she and the over 200 others at the Association are living witnesses to the curable nature of cancer.
‘’Sometimes I wish the world could see us when we gather for our meetings so that they will know the exploits of Dr Wiafe Addai in helping us recover from cancers we suffered so they know when you report early you will get treatment’’, Auntie Vivie noted.
Addressing the survivors later at the meeting, Mr Patrick Agyekum, Head of the ‘1cedi save a breast and life’ fund encouraged the group to continuously educate and sensitize the public about the need to report problems associated with their breast to the hospital.
Flanked by other members of the board of the fund he urged the survivors to encourage people to donate to support the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in the country.
According to him, fees being borne by Peace and Love Hospitals in conducting diagnosis and treatment of cancers for the needy was overwhelming and added that the FUND will help save millions across the country.
‘’It is important that having benefitted from the generosity of Dr Beatrice Wiafe Addai you as survivors go out there to promote and urge people to contribute from one cedi upwards to save others who because of poverty are not able to access care at the hospital for the cancers they are suffering’’, Mr Agyekum stressed.
In her succinct remarks to the survivors, Dr Wiafe Addai reminded them to continue with any therapy that has been prescribed for them.
She also encouraged them to continue witnessing to people about the threat of breast cancer and the treatment that is available for those who report their cases to the hospitals early.
Dr Addai noted early diagnosis and treatment is the best cure to all forms of cancers, adding full blown cases are difficult to tackle.
She revealed plans to tour the Northern part of the country in October as well as the Volta Region later in the year to sensitize people about the disease.
‘’I am determined to tour all the regions of the country with you to ensure every woman and man hears about breast cancer and the treatment that is available for them so they can report early for assistance’’, Dr Wiafe Addai stressed to deafening applause from the survivors.
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