The Breast Care team in a photograph with their hosts
Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, President of Breast Care International, has pointed out that since breasts are soft and fragile organs, men should handle their wives? breasts with care.
She revealed that sometimes some women visited the hospital with blood clots in their breasts presumably because their husbands might have squeezed them (the breasts).
Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai indicated that even though the causes of breast cancer were still unknown, she believed that when men squeezed the breasts of their wives, blood could clot in them, which could cause breast cancer.
Dr. Wiafe Addai challenged the perception that women get breast cancer when they allow their husbands to suck their breasts.
She indicated that the perception was one of the misconceptions people had about the disease, stressing that there had not been any research to support the assertion.
Dr. (Mrs) Wiafe Addai, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Peace and Love Hospital, made these assertions when she was speaking to DAILY GUIDE in an interview after her outfit had been presented with a cheque of GH?13,000 and an amount of GH?10,000 to support her activities.
The cheque and the cash were presented to the medical doctor and her breast care team by the Ladies? Club of Golden Star Resources Limited (Wassa and Bogoso), a gold mining company operating in the Western Region.
The presentation was part of activities marking this year?s International Women?s Day.
Dr. Beatrice Addai pointed out that breast cancer was curable only when it was detected early, but stated that it was unfortunate that most people thought that the disease was caused by witches.
?Lack of knowledge about the disease is the major challenge. Because of the misconception, breast cancer patients are stigmatized because people think the disease is incurable?, she added.
She continued, ?There is the need for every woman to conduct self-examination of their breasts to know how their breasts look and feel like?.
Shed disclosed that as part of measures to create awareness about the disease, her outfit from time to time, organized talk shows for women on the various diseases that affected their breast in the language the women understood.
She revealed that not all nurses were conversant with clinical breast screening, and so periodically, trainings were organized for some nurses to be able to effectively conduct clinical breast screening.
Doris Dery, Chairperson of Golden Star Bogoso Ladies Club, noted that the two ladies? clubs at Bogoso and Wassa, believed that women were agents of change adding, ?So we are joining the millions of women across the globe to celebrate the day?.
She mentioned that in view of the startling statistics on breast cancer in Ghana, and the successes chalked in the treatment of the disease, the ladies of the mining company had made it their prime goal to champion the campaign on breast cancer prevention.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi