A free breast cancer screening has been organized for the people of Dokrochiwa, a farming community in the Ayensuano District, as the fight against the cancer intensified.
A total of 266 people including 25 men were screened.
The activity was carried out by the JEAD Foundation for Breast Cancer, which has been at the forefront of the campaign to raise awareness and encourage people to report early to the hospital for treatment.
Breast cancer affects both men and women but it is the latter, who are mostly associated with the disease and it is estimated that about 1,000 of them die of the cancer every year in the country.
Dr. Foster Amponsah-Manu, Head of the Surgical Department of the Koforidua Regional Hospital, advised women to seek immediate medical attention when they detected any swollen of any part of their breast.
They should desist from self-medication in the treatment of swollen including boils.
Mrs. Judith Ellen Awuah-Darko, founder of the Foundation, urged regular breast examination for any abnormality.
She indicated that the cancer could be treated and lives saved if reported early to the hospital.
She expressed deep worry about the situation where patients waited when it was too late to be saved before visiting the facilities.
Barima Opoku Agyemang, the chief, announced the release of a 20-acre land for the construction of a district hospital.
Ayensuoano, one of the last districts to be created, has no hospital and the people have to travel to Nsawam, Asamankese and Suhum, to seek medical treatment.