The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Breast Care International (BCI), Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe-Addai
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Breast Care International (BCI), Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, has rallied individuals to unite in the battle against breast cancer, with a special focus on women’s health.
Dr. Wiafe Addai emphasised that breast cancer is claiming the lives of women, particularly those in their twenties and thirties, underscoring the urgent need for a collective effort to save lives.
Early detection, Dr. Wiafe-Addai stressed, is the key to saving lives. She encouraged women to make regular visits to healthcare facilities for breast cancer detection and medical examinations, ideally on a monthly basis.
Speaking as the guest of honour at the Assemblies of God, Ghana, Brong Ahafo Region ‘A’ Women Ministries Retreat held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), she spoke passionately on the theme, “Holiness for Revival.”
Dr. Wiafe-Addai pointed out that the impact of breast cancer extends far beyond the individual diagnosed. It affects families, children, husbands, and households as a whole.
Therefore, she called upon every person to become an ambassador for change by actively spreading awareness about the reality of breast cancer.
While the exact cause of breast cancer remains unknown, Dr. Wiafe-Addai highlighted various risk factors.
These include hereditary factors, abnormal menstruation in women between the ages of forty and fifty, and lifestyle choices such as lack of exercise, consumption of fatty foods, smoking (including products like shisha), and skin bleaching.
She cautioned against relying solely on prayers for a cure, stating that such practices have tragically led to the loss of young lives. Instead, Breast Care International aims to reduce late reporting to hospitals, preventing conditions from deteriorating to an incurable stage. Dr. Wiafe Addai reassured women that a breast cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence and urged them not to suffer in silence.
She encouraged open communication with husbands, friends, or relatives when symptoms are detected to seek early medical examination.
Survivors of breast cancer were also called upon to become ambassadors in the fight against the disease, highlighting the importance of a collective effort in saving lives.
Dr. Wiafe-Addai’s compelling message serves as a reminder that breast cancer is a reality affecting women and men alike, and it is a challenge that, ‘we can overcome together.’
Breast Care International continues its mission to raise awareness, promote early detection, and provide support for those affected by breast cancer. She said society must heed the call to unite against this formidable foe, working together to create a future free from the fear of breast cancer.
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