Sonotech Medical and Diagnostic Center has launched the breast cancer awareness month on October 1st 2020 at their Tema branch.
The launch of this year’s awareness month is in line with intensifying the campaign against breast cancer in Ghana with the theme; ‘detect it, treat it and defeat it’.
The program was attended by health personnels, a section of the media and a few stakeholders.
Giving a talk on breast cancer, Dr. Josephine Nsaful, a general surgeon with the Breast Surgery Unit of the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital noted that breast cancer is the commonest female cancer.
She indicated that statistics from the World Health Organisation indicates that there has been an increase in cases globally, a rather alarming turn of events.
She however noted that most cases recorded in Ghana are reported after stage 3, making it quite difficult to treat and totally defeat it.
“The thing is, the incidence is actually going up. If you look at the WHO statistics, in 2012, there was almost 1.7 million cases and now for 2018 that is almost 2.1 million. In 2012, they said that we were diagnosing 2000 new cases in Ghana but in 2018, the estimate from WHO states that we were diagnosing over 4000 cases and close to 2000 people die a year from breast cancer in Ghana”.
Dr. Josephine Nsaful established that early detection is key, stating that breast cancer is curable once reported early enough. She asked ladies especially to regularly scan their breasts and report any form of lamp or irregularity to the nearest hospital before it gets late.
The Medical director for Sonotech Medical and Diagnostic Center, Dr. Grace Buckman in highlighting the program line up for the awareness month said there will be a lot of social media awareness due to the incidence of the COVID 19. She stated that the mediums will be on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms.
She further added that the Sonotech Medical Centers in Tema and Osu is open for free screening in the month of October. Also, there is a 50% discount on ultra scan (Ghc 200 now Ghc 100) for the month of October to enable people patronise the early detection approach.
She introduced Musician Camidoh and Miss Health Ghana 2019, Ohemaa Achiaa as the Ambassadors for the Sonotech Medical And diagnostic center breast cancer awareness campaign.
During the launch of the breast cancer awareness, the event’s and project manager at NMJ Ghana, Miss Elizabeth Agonou who read the speech on behalf of the C.E.O said “We at NMJ Ghana believe in the love for humanity as it is one of their core values”.We take great interest in supporting projects that help address social issues in our community and country as a whole and we have done that for many years through The Michaels Family Initiative.
The Michaels family Initiative as a non-profit organization has a keen interest in the health and educational sector’s of this country and has gone on many health outreach programs to educate people on various health issues including free screening etc! we have over the years supported the health sector in this country by registering women, the vulnerable and children on the NHIS for free , we have also screened over 500 women in our community for free for Breast cancer and also educated them on early detection, prevention and dealing with the stigma etc and this is why partnering and supporting your Hospital was a pleasure as we all sure common goals for a good course.
We believe our combined efforts can help reduce the mortality rate of breast cancer and save a lot of women in our country.
We are really excited to be part of this great course and look forward to even doing more in the future. Thank you.”
The event was organized by NMJ Ghana , a subsidiary of The Michaels Group,a Branding, Advertising, Marketing and Event Company.