The Cancer Society of Ghana

The Cancer Society of Ghana (CSG), in February 2012 organized a march to create awareness of people with cancer as part of activities to mark World Cancer Day.

The parade saw 700 students from area schools Ashiedu Keteke Sub-Metro of basic urban Accra High James all the way to the National Hockey Stadium in Accra.

Victor Sackey, Executive Secretary of the CSG said the parade is an annual program to sensitize the public about the dangers and prevention of cancer.

He said that childhood cancer is a health problem in Ghana as increased child mortality from infectious diseases and malaria has been reduced.

He said the program is on the theme: “Together We can Overcome Cancer ‘.

Rev. Sackey said the society will hold a seminar for the media to brief them about the rise of cancer and costly treatment of the disease in this country.

He said the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) is one of two tertiary hospitals in Ghana are best diagnosed only 200 cases per year and stated that more than 75 percent of children with cancer remain undiagnosed and untreated.

Rev. Sackey said the condition of children should be a concern for all and appealed to individuals and corporate bodies to assist financially in the treatment of childhood cancer.

He asked the government to intervene in the treatment of cancer because the disease is rising.

Professor Joe Nat Clegg-Lamptey, Head of Department of Surgery, KBTH who spoke Breast Cancer said in Ghana has been the dominant disease in women.

He said KBTH only see about 248 cases of breast cancer in the Out Patient Department of Surgery Letters in 2011, and that most cases have reached an advanced stage and therefore the hospital could do very little about it.

He noted that unlike previous years age group pattern of breast cancer used to be diagnosed in women between 40 to 49 years, is now a relatively young women between 20 and 24 years are presenting an advanced stage of the disease that is very worrying.

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