Early detection is best protection-Dr. Beatrice Wiafe intimates at launch of walk for cancer cure

The President of Breast Care International (BCI), an international non-governmental organisation, Dr Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai says the best way of protecting people from all sorts of cancers is for them to report unusual feelings in their bodies to physicians at the hospital.

According to her, cancers are best treated when they are detected early.

Speaking last Thursday at an elaborate launch of this year’s BCI Ghana Walk for the Cure in Cape-Coast, Dr Wiafe who also doubles as CEO of Peace and Love Hospitals said cancers especially breast cancer is treatable when it is detected early.

The famous cancer surgeon revealed that there are research ongoing to determine particular circumstances that occasion breast cancer in humans.

”This year our theme for the walk for the cure is early detection is the best protection and we are making a bold statement by asking the public to report any unusual feelings in their bodies particularly in the breasts to the hospital for treatment”, Dr Addai stressed.

Dr Beatrice Wiafe Addai with Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan and others at the launch of this year’s BCI Ghana Race for the Cure walk in Cape Coast

Launching the annual national walk, Hon Kwamena Duncan, Central Regional Minister said it was important that awareness is created for cancers especially breast cancer.

The growing incidence and cases of the disease among women in the country, the Minister noted called for a sustained effort from all stakeholders in the health sector.

He intimated that BCI had led the way for about a decade now with the national walk across the regional capitals but asked that more sensitization be done to make people aware of the disease.

The Minister commended BCI President, Dr Beatrice Wiafe Addai for spearheading such a campaign to find the cure to cancer particularly breast cancer.

”I am highly privileged to sit with Dr Beatrice Wiafe Addai today to launch such a powerful walk that gets people informed about breast cancer and I believe a partnership with a focused organisation like BCI would get the citizenry informed about all cancers and the treatment therapies available to them at the hospitals”, Hon Duncan posited.

The BCI Ghana Race for the Cure walk was initiated by BCI in 2011 with the first national exercise taking place in the Ashanti Regional Capital of Kumasi.

The walk which is scheduled to take place in Cape Coast in October this year has over the years aimed at getting at least a million people involved and informed about breast cancer.

Personalities such as the former President, John Mahama, the current first lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo and other distinguished professionals, ministers of state and celebrities such as the evergreen Akosua Agyepong have all participated in the walk at one time.

Last year, the crowd recorded in the Tamale walk is yet to be seen in Ghana’s history and this year’s walk in Cape Coast next month is expected to be massive.



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