The Mensah Sarbah Hall at the University of Ghana in collaboration with Medstar Health Consult has organized a free breast screening exercise for students of the hall to create awareness of the disease.
The exercise took place at Annex D of the hall on Saturday, October 16, 2021.
Speaking to UniversNews, Medical Officer at Medstar Health Consult, Dr. Betty Apeta explained that younger ladies are getting the most severe forms of breast cancer thus the need to screen them early.
She added that young people do not seem to prioritize the health of their breasts.
She said ” Last year when we did the screening, we realized that younger ladies were getting the most severe forms of breast cancer, so we decided to target younger ladies. In the world, we realized that people over 40 years were getting it but in Ghana and Africa most young ladies are getting it and they do not really pay attention to it, they do not know how to examine their breasts, they can’t see if there is something wrong, they just feel like, let me just wear my bra and take good care of my breast and that’s it.”
Dr. Apeta advised women to screen their breasts every month.
She added that it is also good for ladies to screen their breasts right after mensuration.
A lot of people don’t know that you have to examine your breast every month and a week after your menses so this also gives them the education that you have to do it every month so that you can know yourself better so that if there is anything, you report.
In an engagement with some young ladies who got their breasts examined, they expressed gratitude to Medstar Health Consult and entreated other ladies to join.
One of them said; Truth be told, I have never examined my breast before. I always knew it’s expensive but Medstar and Sarbah have made it easy for me. I’m grateful and my friends out there,Come and let’s do this.
One other student shared how scared she was before getting her breast examined.
I was scared oo, I won’t lie to you but all in all we thank God nothing is wrong with my breasts.” She added
In Ghana, breast cancer is a significant public health concern.
It is, in terms of mortality and incidence, the most common cause of cancer deaths among Ghanaian women with its incidence constantly rising.
Clinical findings from sub-Saharan Africa suggest that breast cancer is most severe with a poor prognosis usually in indigenous black African populations.
Possible reasons include lack of screening protocols, young age at diagnosis, lack of awareness, the advanced stage when diagnosed, and genetics
October is dedicated to breast cancer and organisations around the world are taking the opportunity of this to educate young people on breast cancer and offer free breast screening as well.
The theme for this year focuses on buddying up with one another because no one should fight cancer alone.