Breast cancer is a major contributor to cancer-related deaths among women worldwide, despite the numerous measures employed to prevent and manage the disease.
Throughout the world, breast cancer (BC) has been identified as a major public health problem and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women, particularly in low-resourced regions of the world.
This, according to COCOBOD, has seen the need to engage women in the Western North Region to get more insight into the dangers of breast cancer.
On Tuesday, 19th October 2021, Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), organized a breast cancer awareness program for over 1,000 women in Cocoa Cooperatives in Sefwi Bekwai of the Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai Municipality.
The exercise also helps them get their quota of the cocoa industry and allow their cocoa farms to be rehabilitated due to the swollen shoot disease.
Speaking with Kwame Kontor Boateng of Lord fm, Mrs. Anita Payne, a nurse at Sefwi Bekwai Health Centre, stated that October had been slated for breast cancer awareness month.
She said they are educating women to protect and detect the irregular lamp as early as possible to avail themselves of treatment, or if it is beyond their control, they can refer them to the region to take care of the breast cancer patients.
According to her, the health department’s engagement with the women is to advise them to take the needed health diet and the fear of not availing themselves to be treated.
Ms. Vera Elletey, the Technical Assistant of Sefwi Bekwai Cocoa Health and Extension Division at Sefwi Ashiam, added that most cocoa farms in the Ashiam area had been affected by the swollen shoot disease.
She revealed that they have been able to rehabilitate a lot of farms but will appeal to the women in cocoa cooperatives to release their farms for the programme.
Some of the women who were at the public education grounds organized by COCOBOD to know the dangers of breast cancer and cocoa rehabilitation also express their views as they are also going to spread the news to their communities.