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Graphic holds breast screening exercise for public

BY: Lydia Ezit
Ms Dorcas Osafo (right), a nurse from the Franklyn Medical Centre, examining the breast of a resident of Adabraka in Accra during the screening exercise. Picture: ESTHER ADJEI
Ms Dorcas Osafo (right), a nurse from the Franklyn Medical Centre, examining the breast of a resident of Adabraka in Accra during the screening exercise. Picture: ESTHER ADJEI

Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), publishers of the Daily Graphic and others brands, has organised a free breast screening exercise for residents of Adabraka and its environs in Accra.


Last Saturday’s exercise, done in collaboration with Franklin Medical Centre, was one of the activities by the company towards the celebration of this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, celebrated across October every year.

Initiative

The initiative was also used to educate the public on breast cancer, its symptoms, treatment and other relevant aspects.

This year, the breast cancer awareness campaign has been dubbed: “Early Detection Saves Lives” in consonance with the advocacy for constant screening among the public for possible early detection, if the condition existed in an individual.

The Clinical Services Manager of the Franklin Medical Centre, Dr Mawusi Kemetse, explained that the numerous screening programmes done in communities had helped to get more people to participate.

Through such programmes, she said, women were empowered as they were counselled and their fears about breast cancer dispelled.
She said it was necessary for people to take advantage of these screening initiatives.

“Community screening programmes are being held; take part so that early detection can be done,” she said.

Diet

Dr Kemetse further explained that in many parts of the world, a lot of people did not die of breast cancer as experienced in Ghana and Africa, and advocated the lifestyle change.

She said it was good to adopt a healthy diet, lifestyle changes and preventive health culture by way of checking the breast frequently.

A healthy lifestyle, she said, was a way to offer the body some nutrients needed to repair damage that might have occurred in the body.

She further advised people to adhere to healthy balanced meal, exercise well and go for routine medical examinations.