Breast cancer: Breast Care International sensitizes Mancell Vocational SHS students

Breast Care International (BCI) has provided breast cancer education to Mancell Vocational SHS students in the Oforikrom municipality in the Ashanti region.

The students received education on the possible causes, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer, the number cancer killer among women globally.

This forms part of BCI’s efforts to raise and maintain awareness of breast cancer among Ghanaian secondary school students.

Free clinical breast cancer screening was held for the students and staff of the school

The President of BCI, Dr Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai, led a team from the Peace and Love Hospital to the school on Monday, June, 26, 2024.

The students were shown by the medical staff how to perform Breast Self-Examination (BSE) correctly.

Some breast cancer survivors also talked to the children about their experiences and gave them hope that the disease is treatable and survivable.

Dr Wiafe Addai addressing the students urged them to equip themselves with the education to enable them meaningfully spread the message to their communities.

“After this education, you will become ambassadors of breast cancer campaign, and you must be able to change the perception that the disease is caused by witchcraft,” she added.

Dr Wiafe Addai also advised the students to report to the hospital quickly if they find anything unusual in their breasts.

This, she explained that breast cancer is preventable, treatable, and curable when detected early, “hence the need  for regular medical check up”.

The headmistress of Mancell Vocational/SHS, Lydia Osei Owusu, in her speech said the breast cancer education has come at the right point of the students’ career.

She stated that the education will guide them in spreading breast cancer knowledge to their neighbors, and eventually minimizing the spread of the disease.

Madam Lydia Osei Owusu was grateful to the BCI, and made a request to make it an annual program to shape the minds of the students about breast cancer.

Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com/Franci Appiah

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