SG Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization has offered health screening for the youth of the Kanda Presbyterian Church on Friday 1st of July 2016.
The free interactive screening session was to provide an opportunity for early detection and dissemination of credible and useful information on cancer.
Over a hundred adults and children were screened for hypertension, pre-hypertension, diabetes mellitus, pre-diabetes, malaria, palor and skin lesions.
SG Cancer also counselled members of the church on making medical screening a routine, during a musical concert organized on the same day, in memory of a young member who died pre-maturely due to late detection of Pneumonia.
Speaking on behalf of the SG Cancer Foundation, Kobby Blay, a nurse practitioner and CEO of ghanahealthnest.com echoed the foundation’s dedication to saving lives by providing support in the form of patient services, early detection, treatment and education.
He also added that the incidence of cancer in the world is increasing every year. In Ghana, as in several countries around the world, breast cancer and cervical cancer for women and prostate and lung cancers for men form the single largest diagnosis of cancer.
He reiterated the need for regular check-ups, avoiding tobacco smoking and drinking of alcohol. He said that regular physical activity, controlling ones weight, health exams and tests ensure early detection, when chances for treatment and cure are better. Getting the right health services, screening, and treatment, means taking steps that improve an individual’s chances for living a longer, healthier life.
”There is a high chance of cure if Cancer is detected early and treated adequately”, he intoned.
Some members of the church group who were screened, appreciated the efforts of the SG Cancer foundation to remind them of the need to stay healthy and adopt healthy lifestyles towards the prevention and early detection of cancer.
Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. Other terms used are malignant tumours and neoplasms. One defining feature of cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond their usual boundaries, and which can then invade adjoining parts of the body and spread to other organs, the latter process is referred to as metastasizing. Metastases are the major cause of death from cancer.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Cancers figure among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer related deaths in 2012.
The number of new cases is expected to rise by about 70% over the next 2 decades.
SG Cancer Foundation
SG Cancer aims to provide comprehensive support for persons diagnosed with cancer – from counselling, information on resources, linking persons diagnosed with other cancer survivors, and in addition, provide some financial support for persons who are unable to afford the full cost of treatment
SG Cancer provides opportunities for early detection, such as screening and awareness creation. The foundation works with medical professionals and institutions to provide care and treatment for cancer patients by raising funds to support the treatment for those who cannot afford it.
SG Cancer Foundation welcomes assistance from any individual or institution, who is so led to support it in the mammoth task as well as best practices and support from international organizations and individuals involved in similar enterprises in other parts of the world.
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.