Prof. Clegg Lamptey, dr. Naa Aryeetey and Dr. Josephine Nsaful

The Breast Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) has debunked myths associated with breast cancer risks, diagnosis and treatment.

Taking turns in various presentations on breast cancer at the Breast Cancer Information Day held in Accra, the breast cancer experts advocated regular examination of the breasts as well as more to treatment outcomes.

Dr. Josephine Nsaful, a member of the breast team, explained that the more advanced a breast cancer is, the lower the survival rate.

Stage I to II breast cancer is between 99 and 100 per cent.

Dr. Nsaful, however, added that a Stage III to IV breast cancer is much lower with 22 to 72 per cent survival rate.

This revealed that it would not work for one patient.

Dr. It also has been said that it has side effects, so does the cancer treatment.

She, thus, clarified the myth that chemotherapy is a machine, saying it is a medicine.

Prof. Clegg Lamptey, a breast cancer surgeon at the unit, it appears as if it were a normal lump in the breast.

He further pointed out that the women should look out for the nipple, on the skin, bloody nipple discharge or sores.

Prof. Lamptey said scans and x-rays and pathological tests are often used to diagnose cancer.

He also debunked the myth.

"Someone wants to have some risk factors, but not others," he said.

Dr. Naa A. Aryeetey, a member of the team, revealed that genetics, age and childbirth have an influence on individual getting the disease.

She said one stands, for instance, at risk of getting the disease.

She indicated that the estrogen regulating contraceptives is a small breast cancer.

Mrs. Doris Okai, a breast cancer survivor, who shared her story, revealed that she had developed the disease about five years ago when she developed a boil in her armpit.

"I had the mastectomy then after six weeks I had chemotherapy. Fortunately, what is estrogen-based breast cancer so I was put on medication for five years and five years was last April when I stopped taking the medicine and I given other medicine.

It was not easy but I had my family, friends, church members I wanted to fight cancer, "she narrated.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri


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