October marks the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of early detection and screening.
In a recent interview, Madam Rosetta Ntiriwaa Boakye, the National PRO for Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, emphasized the significance of breast cancer screening, urging women and men alike to prioritize their health.
Breast cancer, a disease that affects both men and women, can be influenced by various factors. Madam Boakye highlighted some key risk factors during her interview.
Women who experienced early menstruation, those with a family history of the disease, and individuals who indulge in habits like alcohol consumption and smoking are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. While breast cancer in men is rare, it is not impossible. Therefore, men should also be vigilant and consider regular screenings.
Contrary to some misconceptions, Madam Boakye clarified that certain practices, such as breast sucking, do not serve as preventive measures against breast cancer. The only reliable method for early detection remains regular screenings. Mammograms and self-examinations are crucial tools that can help in identifying potential issues at an early stage, improving the chances of successful treatment.
Breast cancer, when detected early, is highly treatable. Regular screenings empower individuals with knowledge and awareness, enabling them to make informed decisions about their health. cancer is detected early, treated effectively, and lives are saved.