The Food and Drugs Authority has arrested one person suspected to be selling supposed breast-enhancing substances in Kumasi.
Earlier this week, Luv FM’s Nana Yaw Gyimah investigated the black market of breast-enhancing cream in Kumasi, where many cosmetic sellers have the products in stock.
While visiting some of the shops, he noted that some sellers denied carrying the product on suspicions that he was a man.
While the business is booming, though, health officials warn of hazards – some of which could include cancer.
The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer has risen exponentially.
In Ghana alone, there are a reported 2,900 new cases emerging each year. Globally, it the most common form of cancer among women. In 2011, breast cancer claimed half a million lives.
Head of FDA in Ashanti Region, Nora NarkieTerlabi told Adom News the unnamed suspect is assisting police to trace importers and distributors of the products.
She said a joint exercise with police led to the arrest.
Mrs Terlabi revealed some products said to be to enlarge butts and other parts of the body were retrieved from the suspect.
“Immediately we heard about this breast enhancing creams we decided to storm the towns and investigate the issue only to find one person selling some of these creams. That person was arrested and is leading us to other suspects,” she said.
She said says teenagers need to be aware of the danger they are exposed to.