Ethiopia Commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness Month
(Hargeisasun) Addis Ababa: Ethiopia commemorates the month of October to raise awareness on breast cancer under the theme: “Preventing Breast Cancer is the responsibility of all of us!…Early detection saves life!”
HE Roman Tesfaye First Lady of Federal democratic Republic of Ethiopia and HE Professor Yifru Berhane Minister of Health held a joint press conference to mark the breast cancer awareness month. The press conference that was held on 09 October 2017 at the Ministry of Health was attended by journalists representing public and private media.
During the press conference First Lady Roman said the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of breast cancer. The First Lady also stated that breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths among women both in developed and developing countries. In Ethiopia, there are an estimated 12, 956 news cases and 7089 deaths from breast cancer each year. This represents one third of new cancer cases annually.
Various activates being undertaken by the Ministry of Health to increase the coverage of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment services were also explained during the press conference. As a result of the efforts vested by the MOH, the Office of the First Lady and other partners Currently 12 hospitals across the country are sufficiently equipped to provide breast cancer diagnosis and treatment services. The hospitals providing the services are Aider hospital, Bahir Dar Hospital, Gonder Hospital, Dessie Hospital, Debre Birhan Hospital, Jimma Hospital, Asela Hospital, Harrer Hospital, Hawassa Hospital Arbaminch Hospital, St. Paulos Hospital and Tirunesh Beijing Hospital.
The programme of the breast cancer awareness month includes free breast cancer diagnosis service in various health institution across the ten sub-cities of Addis Ababa. When breast cancer is detected early, and with adequate diagnosis and treatment, there is a good chance that it can be cured. However, late diagnosis compromises the effectiveness of treatments and poses great risk on life. First Lady Roman Tesfaye and HE Professor Yifruu Berhane urged the public, particularly women who are the primary victims of breast cancer to approach health institutions for screening and protect themselves from breast cancer.
You can read the full press release of the breast cancer awareness month here.