Hundreds walk for breast cancer awareness in Koforidua

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Hundreds walk for breast cancer awareness in Koforidua

Hundreds walk for breast cancer awareness in Koforidua – Hundreds of people on Friday walked through the principal streets of Koforidua to create awareness on breast cancer and educated people along the streets to seek early treatment and to also report any unusual observations in their breast to the nearest hospital.

Hundreds walk for breast cancer awareness in Koforidua

Hundreds walk for breast cancer awareness in Koforidua
Cross-section of the crowd walking towards the Bedtime Hotel

The walk was organized by the JEAD Foundation in collaboration with the Koforidua Regional Hospital. Participants walked through the City Campus of the All Nations University, passed through the Central Business District to the Bula Junction and then headed towards the Kenkey Factory and finally convened at the Bed Time Hotel.

They also shared flyers as the walked.

Hundreds walk for breast cancer awareness in Koforidua

Hundreds walk for breast cancer awareness in Koforidua
Participant displaying message

Participants were from Matthew 25 House, Koforidua Technical University, Staff of the Regional Hospital, Breast Cancer Survivors among many others. They bore placards, some of which read, “seek early treatment”, “Make healthy lifestyle choices” and many more.

At the Bed Time Hotel, various speakers made presentations to the participants.

Speaking the theme of the event “The role of the family in treating Breast Cancer” Dr. Isaac Sarfo Acheampong, a Psychologist explained to attendants the importance of family support during treatment. He urged families not to abandon their loved ones who unfortunately develop cancer.

Hundreds walk for breast cancer awareness in Koforidua
Dr. Foster Amponsah, Head of Surgical Department – Koforidua Regional Hospital

Dr. Foster Amponsah-Manu, the Head of the Surgical Department of the Koforidua Regional Hospital who more attends to cancer patients at the Hospital narrated how some men also develop cancer stating one of out every hundred men also suffered from the disease.

He took the time to list some of the factors that cause cancer. He was elated that many men took part in the walk and explained that the theme was chosen because “most patients are neglected when they are diagnosed”

Hundreds walk for breast cancer awareness in Koforidua
Dr. Kwame Anim Boamah, Medical Director, Koforidua Regional Hospital

On his part, the Medical Director of the Hospital Dr. Kwame Anim Boamah hinted that to show commitment in support of breast cancer treatment, a newly renovated ward has been dedicated to breast cancer care. He commended the JEAD foundation for their work in the area of breast cancer.

Hundreds walk for breast cancer awareness in Koforidua
Founder, Juliet Ellen Awuah-Darko Foundation

Addressing the function, the founder of the foundation Mrs. Judth-Ellen Awuah-Darko advised husbands not to forbid their wives to go for surgery. She recounted how some families prefer to take their loved ones to spiritualists and herbalists instead of seeking help at the hospital. She took the time to remind all present that she was cured of cancer decades ago and that anyone who seeks early treatment could be cured.

Hundreds walk for breast cancer awareness in Koforidua
Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour

The Regional Minister who graced the occasion a sad narration of how his sister suffered from breast cancer several decades ago and eventually passed on because there was no treatment available at the village then. He encouraged all present to do regular checks on their health and to heed to the advice of the Doctors to receive the needed support to stay healthy.

Survivor
Survivor

The Chairman of the occasion, Dr. S. B. Ofori thanked participants for joining the walk and asked that they spread the message of the availability of a cure for breast cancer and to do regular self-checks.

Ghana Health News