Godfred A. Polkuu, GNA
Bolgatanga, May 17, GNA – Testimonial Praiz, a non-denominational group in partnership with some medical team from the Bolgatanga Regional hospital has organised a Cervical Cancer awareness campaign for women in the Municipality and its environs.
Ms Ruth Akpari, the Founder of the group, told the GNA in an interview that the group worry about the spate of cervical and breast cancers among women in the country.
Donations from individuals and personal contributions from group members afforded us the opportunity to embark on breast cancer screening last year, she said
Ms Akpari said similar contributions were made this year but we decided it was necessary to include cervical cancer screening to school women on the disease.
She appealed to Non Governmental Organizations, Cooperate institutions and philanthropists to support the group to partner with the medical team to scale up the programme to the rest of the Districts in the region.
Ms Victoria Gampie, the President of Testimonial Praiz expressed gratitude to the medical team for the support and urged women to take advantage of the programme to check their cervical and breast cancer status.
Dr Abraham Titigah, a Gynaecologist at the Bolgatanga Regional hospital who led a four member medical team to conduct the exercise, indicated that women mostly contracted the cervical cancer virus through sexual intercourse.
He noted that multiple sex partners, early marriage and early sex were contributory factors to the disease and said early treatment was the surest way to treat it.
Members of the medical team who took turns to educate women at the programme, mentioned abnormal virginal bleeding after sexual intercourse, constant bleeding and profuse discharge of unpleasant fluid from the virgina, loss of appetite and weight, fatigue, pelvic related problems, back and leg pains including swollen legs were some of the signs and symptoms associated with cervical cancer.
The team said statistics from the World Health Organization showed that 300, 000 cervical cancer related deaths occurred annually worldwide, and more than 50 per cent of such deaths occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The team also said that cervical cancer was second to breast cancer which could lead to other illnesses including kidney problems.