Zurak Cancer Foundation Invades Nima Market
January is the awareness month for cervical cancer. Zurak Cancer Foundation invaded the Nima Market to educate market women on cervical cancer as part of its awareness program for the month. Ghana has an estimated population of 8.57 millions women ages 15 years and older who are at risk of developing cervical cancer. The current estimates indicate that every year 3,052 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 1,556 die from the disease. Cervical cancer ranks as the 1st most frequent cancer among women in Ghana and the 1st most frequent cancer among women between 15 and 44 years of age. Moreover, this is due to the prevalence rate of the unknown causative virus for cervical cancer called the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Also, cervical cancer is detected at a latter stage in Ghana due to lack of awareness and regular screening for the disease.
The Zurak Cancer Foundation team had an interactions with the market women this disease in order to test their knowledge and provide them with informaion on cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV). The team was also joined by Dr. Caryn Agyeman Premeph; a well renowed medical professional leading the cervical cancer campaign in Ghana. The team also encouraged the market women to go for regular screening most especially the pap smear test in order to ensure early detection of the disease. Zurak Cancer Foundation educated the women on other risk factors such as smoking and also provided them with information on the prevalence rate of the disease in the country.
The event was supported by SOS International; a well renowed organization providing support and incentives to better the lives of Ghanaians. It is part of Zurak Cancer Foundation initiatives to stem the prevalence rate of the various types of cancers especially cancers related to infectious agents such as human papillomavirus (HPV) and the hepatitis in the country. The organization also looks forward to revive the Ghana Cancer Society in order to foster such initiatives to create more awareness about cancer in the country.