Ghanaians on alert – Cancer killing more people than HIV and malaria combined


Cancer has been identified worldwide as one strain of disease killing in excess of eight million people every year, more than HIV and AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) deputy programmes manager for non-communicable diseases, Dr Efua Commeh confirmed this to and said presently the commonest forms of general cancers in Ghana were the cervical, breast, liver, prostate, and recently childhood cancers. Dr Commeh added that a total of about 1,000 cases reported yearly from the registries of only the Korle-Bu and Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospitals. She said the statistics could be high looking at what was being reported by two facilities, saying that at the last count between 2016 and 2018, Ghana’s general cancer records gave a record data of about 16,000 confirmed cases.

She however said in Ghana, it had emerged that cervical cancer since 2018 had been the second leading cause of death among women, next to breast cancer. Those two cancers kept competing with each other every year, as either the first or second leading causes of death among women. Available statistics showed that in 2018 alone, an average of about 3,150 cervical and 4,200 breast cancer cases respectively were recorded in Ghana, making the diseases the leading cause of death among women, which was worrying.

The GHS deputy programmes manager encouraged all women to visit designated health facilities for pap smear services and other early prevention strategies.

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