Genetic testing helps with early breast cancer detection

  • Genetic testing helps with early breast cancer detection

Genetic testing helps with early breast cancer detection

This was the advice by the Founder, VOLPO, Dr. Ego-Queen Ezuma, while speaking on the need to intensify awareness on the prevention of possible breast cancer among women in the country.

In fact, African-American women in the USA are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than Caucasian women. A press note from the hospital said the aim was to encourage fitness and health among women.

He said the role of Private Health Insurance towards the fight against breast cancer can not be overemphasized and called on all stakeholders to pool resources together to fight the canker. "As we all know, early detection is key".

So how do BRCA mutations get passed on?

According to GLOBOCAN, an International Agency for Research on Cancer, an estimated 4,600 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Ghana this year with more than 1,800 women likely to lose their lives.

"Here at Premier Health Insurance, we have noticed that fear is a major factor contributing to the late stage presentation and increased fatalities".

The medical expert, however, noted that men could also have breast cancer, advising them to also be on the lookout. We can bridge that gap with people who have suffered either in the family or themselves had to deal with cancer.

But if you do test positive there are steps you can take reduce your chances besides just high risk screenings because while breast cancers related to those mutations are mostly treated the same way than any other breast cancer, certain drugs or surgery may be more effective.

"This reduces a woman's lifetime exposure to hormones such as estrogen, which can promote breast cancer cell growth".

"The thing is, in our job, we see it so much".