MONROVIA, Oct. 30th – the Management of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Medical Center through the Office of the Chief Medical Officer on Friday held an official program in commemoration of BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by Breast cancer. The campaign also intends to educate people about the importance of early screening, test and more. This campaign starts on October 1 and ends on October 31 every year.
The program was held in the Memorial lobby at the JFK and attended by officials from the Ministry of health ,Non governmental organizations and other partners in the health sector in Liberia. The program was held in two different segments, with the first segment being the outdoor program which included activities such as: pinning of individuals, donation towards mammogram for patients and distribution of cancer awareness flyers. The second segment of the program also included activities such as: A short presentation on cancer which was done by a Specialist Surgeon at the JFK in person of Dr. Mewaseh Weh Wesseh, Message from a Survival by Mrs. Peggy Mayah who is a survival of Breast cancer. Another activity that characterized the program was a fund raising event which was coordinated by the Chief Medical Officer of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Medical Center Dr. Sia Wata Camanor. This activity was also geared towards raising funds for the purchase of several pieces of mammograms for Breast cancer screening.
These are some facts you need to know about Breast Cancer:
- 1 out of every 8 Women are at risk of developing Breast Cancer.
- 1million is approximately the number of Women diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
- 80% of all cancerous lumps are found by Women themselves.
- 90% of women will survive Breast cancer if found early.
- 80% of Breast cancer lumps are benign (noncancerous).