Breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and it is also the principal cause of death from cancer among older women but lately, it has been known to affect teenagers as well. According to a Ghanaian study, breast cancer is considered the leading cause of death among women accounting for 15% of all malignancies. According to 2018 GLOBACAN report, Ghana recorded 4,645 (20.4%) new breast cancer cases. In Ghana, it is estimated that the majority of breast cancer patients are women between the ages of 35-50 years, which is younger than white women in America and diagnosed around 60 years.
One of our greatest weapons in the fight against breast cancer in Ghana is education. Many women do not seek treatment because they do not know the early signs of breast cancer, or because of the stigma associated with the disease. Even more seek non-medically-based treatment from traditional “healers” allowing their health to deteriorate beyond the point of medical intervention. This means women die needlessly.