Breast cancer awareness: Students of Nalerigu Nursing and Midwifery taken through breast examination procedure.
As part of Breast Cancer awareness creation, SmartRiz Africa in collaboration with Future Africa Leaders Foundation have over the weekend screened students of the Nalerigu College of Nursing Breast cancer awareness and Midwifery. The screening exercise which took place at the forecourt of the school saw exciting students ready to be screened. They were also taken through breast examination procedure.
October is month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the world among women. There are 1.1 million new cases of female breast cancer each year worldwide. Approximately 70% of all cancer deaths will occur in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. This is according to WHO. According to 2020 GLOBOCAN report, Ghana is estimated to record 4,645 (20.4%) new breast cancer cases which is more than double of the estimated 2,062 new cases in 2012, with close to 50% of them dying; the high mortality rate is mainly due to late stage presentation.
A midwife at Baptist Medical Center (BMC) in Nalerigu however appealed to women to examine their breast appropriately. She warned against the use of herbal medicine in the treatment of breast cancer urging that any suspected breast cancer case be reported on time to save lives.
Team lead for SmartRiz Africa Portia Manyaya told zaa news that it is important the health personnel also know their status and not only care for the sick, hence the reason why SmartRiz organized the screening exercise for students of the Nalerigu College of Nursing and midwifery.
Source: Ghana/Tamale/zaanews.com/Lilian D. Walter