Women advised to seek early treatment for breast cancer



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Oncology Pharmacy Association of Ghana (OPAG) have advised women to seek early treatment with respect to breast cancer.

This caution forms part of the association’s education as part of the breast cancer awareness month which kicked off 1st October.

The Breast cancer awareness month is marked in many countries across the World every October to help raise awareness about early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

OPAG urged members of the general public to seek early treatment when they detect any abnormalities in their breast.

A research conducted by OPAG revealed that 60% of patients with breast cancer in Ghana report at a later stage. The research revealed that a number of these patients who report late seek herbal treatment before they report to the hospital.

This according to the report leads to the progression of the disease to a late stage.

Speaking with Atinkaonline.com, President for the Oncology Pharmacy Association of Ghana (OPAG), Samuel Obiri Yeboah urged members of the general public to seek early treatment and detection as well as speak to healthcare professionals including community pharmacists.

He however commended government and the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) for including a life saving medicine, Herceptin in the health insurance Medicine list which gone a long way to save the lives of women who could not afford the medicine.

He also called on the NHIA to review upwards the prices of Cyclophosphamide, Adriamycin/Doxorubicin and 5-Fluorouracil which are 1st line medicines for the treatment of breast cancer on the NHIS list.

 

Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Vivian Adu Boatemaa