Queens advocate breast screening for girls
Naa Korkoi Aadzeoyi, Public Relations Officer of the Council of Traditional Women Leaders, has advocated breast screening for girls to ensure early detection and treatment.
She said breast screening was initially conducted on women above age 40 because it was believed that the disease affected older women, “but now, young girls are being diagnosed with the disease.”
Naa Korkoi Aadzeoyi was speaking at a free breast screening and family planning services programme for women groups in Accra.
She urged mothers not to keep all the various education they received in reproductive health for themselves but to extend it to their daughters to enable them know about their reproductive health from a well informed position.
Mr Daniel Sowah of Mammocare, a non-governmental organization which focuses on breast cancer awareness, advised women to report to the nearest health centre for examination when they detect blood stains in their braziers or upper part of their night dresses.
He said other early symptoms of breast cancer include lump in the breast, one breast becoming bigger than the other and nipple disorders.
Others are dimple on the breast and colour change of the breast skin.
Mr Sowah said though a large number of breast cancer cases are detected in women, about one percent of men also suffer breast cancer.
Nana Amma Oforiwa Sam, Southern Zone Manager of PPAG, said the PPAG saw the need to collaborate with GE to offer women groups in Accra free breast cancer screening and family planning services.
Ms Janeen Uzzell, Director of Healthcare for GE said their Women’s Network was observing the breast cancer month throughout Africa.