The Oncology Nurse Specialist who doubles as the Head of the Breast and Cervical Care unit at the Sampa Government Hospital in the Jaman North District of the Bono Region, Mr. Kwadwo Yanchira, has dispersed the old age notion that cancer is not a spiritual disease.
Mr. Yanchira said cancer is not a spiritual infection and not punishment for an enormity of actions done by someone but rather an ailment that affects the human body as any other disease does to the body hence one must not blame it on any aspect of spirituality.
Speaking to journalists, he stated that cancer can be treated when it is detected early adding that if one is diagnosed with the disease doesn’t mean that is the end of one’s journey in life.
He cautioned Ghanaians to stay away from too much consumption of red meat, processed and preserved foods but rather be involved in a lot of exercises and adopt frequent visits to the hospital because early detection of any disease can help improve and reduce the risk of being affected.
Dr. Yanchira disclosed that age is a risk factor that contributes to cancer in the body. According to him, the cancers are mostly detected in the aged than the young ones.
“Too much consumption of alcohol, smoking of cigarettes and tobacco, obesity, and frequent consumption of preserved and processed foods can expose one to cancers,” he warned.
He advised Ghanaians to take into consideration their health status and ensure consistent visitation to hospitals for checkups and laboratory investigations to facilitate early detection of cancers and other diseases for early treatment and prevention.
He added that the hospitals in the country are actively involved in cancer sensitization and screening exercise, doing all they could to save lives.
He stressed the need for the citizenry to also consider their lives by making themselves available for checkups to help combat the canker since it keeps increasing.