The Founder of Breast Care International (BCI), Dr Beatrice Addae Wiafe, has advised the citizenry, particularly young women, to desist from taking alcohol excessively, smoking shisha and applying bleaching agents on their skin as there are some risk factors of breast cancer.
She said this on Saturday during a BCI breast cancer walk in Accra, Dr Wiafe stated that although there were no known cause of breast cancer, there were some risk factors that could lead one to contracting the disease and therefore, advised both men and women to live healthy lives to avoid those risk factors.
“Previously, Ghanaian women were not into this smoking of shisha but now we have a lot of women smoking, especially our young women.
One puff of shisha equals 10 rolls of cigarettes and if care is not taken, we would have a lot more of our women dealing with all sorts of cancers”.
“Lack of exercise and lately the chemicals that some women bleach with have all been found as risk factors,” she added.
Dr Wiafe, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Peace and Love Hospital, further urged all to make breast cancer awareness a priority because the disease was not just a woman’s issue but had steadily become a developmental and economical issue.
“It is alarming if most of our productive women are dying or are being lost to breast cancer and most of these women die and leave their children which also becomes another issue on its own.
And so breast cancer is not just a woman’s issue but a subject that should be of concern to all,” she said.