Physician Assistant Students Association of Ghana ( PASAG) of the College of Health and well-being, Kintampo (COHK) holds breast cancer awareness talk with students of Kintampo SHS in the Bono East region.
In line with the Association's vision of promoting Heath in the communities within it's catchment areas for a healthy society, the Association through the office of the Women's Commissioner under the leadership of President Alika Gabriel embarked on this campaign to educate the female youngsters on breast cancer.
The audience which comprised students, teaching and non-teaching staff of the Kintampo Senior High school were educated by Miss Akosuah Adusei (Fomer Beauty Queen of PASAG National) and Efia Serwaa Nkrante (Women's Commissioner PASAG COHK) through acomprehensive pictorial power point presentation on breast cancer.
Miss Akosuah, an immediate Physician Assistant graduate of the College in her presentation talked about a wide range of subjects relating to breast cancer where emphasis was placed on the preventive measures, the risk factors and how to self-examined the breast.
She stated that, there are about 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer and 522,000 die from breast cancer each year.
This she said is a worrying trend and needed attention of all concerned individuals and organizations to reduce the prevalent rate.
She further added that, Breast cancer is the most common form of cancers in women worldwide and mostly affects middle and low-income countries which Ghana is a part.
Risk Factors The students were enlightened on the risk factors of breast cancer which include increasing age, history of breast conditions, previous history of breast cancer, family history of breast cancer, inherited cancer genes, radiation exposure, obesity, early menarche before 12 years, late menopause, first child at old age after 30 and alcohol consumption amongst others.
Miss Akosuah urges them to quickly see a doctor when they notice any of the signs and symptoms elaborated above since early detection helps in its management and possible cure for the disease while encouraging them as students to practice and embrace a healthy lifestyle.