View Full Version : Cancer menace needs national attention Dr Addai

9th June 2013, 10:58 AM
A breast pathologist has underlined the need for urgent national attention to be placed on the fight to stop the havoc of cancers.

Dr (Mrs) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, President of Breast Care International, said it was time the nation changed its priorities in health and directed more financial and human resources towards tackling cancer diseases, which is killing many people than HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and malaria put together.

Speaking with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi on Friday, she said it was disturbing that not much was being done by way of prevention and treatment of various cancerous diseases.

She wondered why the same extensive and sustained national campaign and attention given to HIV-AIDS, TB and malaria, could not be done for breast, cervical, prostrate and childhood cancers.

Dr Wiafe Addai, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Peace and Love Hospital at Oduom in Kumasi, said experiences learnt and the approaches used to achieve a scale down of the HIV-AIDS infection could be relied on to design a national programme to reduce the cancers.

She appealed to the government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals to get actively involved in efforts at creating the needed awareness.

She was unhappy with the present arrangement where apart from breast and cervical cancers, which have part of their treatment taken care of under the national health insurance scheme, the rest are not covered.

Source: GNA