The 37 Military Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign has been launched on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the hospital’s Boardroom, dubbed ‘’Early Breast Cancer Detection Can Save Your Life’’.
The launch was to create awareness about breast cancer affecting women since it is the most common cause of cancer deaths in Ghana. The month of October has been set aside every year to create awareness of the disease.
It was also to advocate for early detection, diagnoses and right treatment through health education, awareness campaign and screening for personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and their families as well as the general public.
In his remarks, the Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, Brig Gen Nii Adjah Obodai during the launch stressed that about 70% of breast cancer diagnosed in Ghana were in advanced stages due to late reporting by patients at health facilities especially.
He emphasised that in Ghana, about 30% of breast cancer cases occur in women less than 35 years as compared to cases in the western countries. He added that in 2018, 162 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed at the facility and 152 cases diagnosed this year.
Brig Gen Obodai hinted that centres such as the Family Planning Unit of the Public Health, Surgical Out Patient Department (OPD), Polyclinic, and the various Medical Reception Stations (MRS’) had been set up for personnel to go and have their breasts examined at least every year. Adding, the campaign will continue throughout the year.
He encouraged personnel of the GAF and the general public especially women by doing self-breast examination and to visit health facilities to have a check in order to ensure early detection and treatment.
Present at the launch were the Commanding Officer of the 37 Military Hospital, Col Azumah Bugri, Chief Nursing Officers, Administrative Officers, coordinator of the programme, Dr David Mingle and staff of the hospital.