Breast cancer is a non-communicable disease that is of public health concern. Many women/men do not make time to check their breast or examine it and to take action where necessary. This action makes breast cancer detection possible only when it is already malignant – making treatment difficult or almost impossible.
However, the good news is that there are things you can do to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer. During October every year, thousands of people across the country take part in the Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) campaign by wearing pink ribbons or hosting events and fundraisers.
Sedarvp Ghana took up the challenge to intensify the awareness through health education. This was done at Bawku FM, a local radio station within the Bawku Municipality.
The listeners were engaged on a host of issues concerning Breast cancer. Among which included causes of breast cancer, predisposing factors, how to identify possible signs and symptoms, the importance of breast self examination as far as early detection is concerned, prevention of breast cancer and the treatment options available for breast cancer victims.
Emphasis was placed on early reporting of cases as it is the only way one can achieve good outcome for breast cancer victims. Again, there was caution on the dangers of seeking alternative treatment options, aside from the recommended medical/surgical treatment options. For example; herbal treatment, faith based healing, among others.
Listeners were given the opportunity to call in and ask questions for further clarifications. Sedarvp Ghana believes this sensitization activity would immensely benefit the community and its people and hopes to take it to many more communities – near and far.