Reproductive cancer advocate, Ms Freda Agyemang Sarpong, has cautioned women and young girls against exposing their breasts to excessive sun rays as it can expedite breast cancer development.
Ms Sarpong who works at Grace Homeopathy indicated that the common practice of breast exposure among young girls, especially those tagged, "slay queens" was a slippery road leading to breast cancer contraction.
Speaking during an engagement with the Ghana Immigration Service Ladies Association (IMMILAC) on the theme, “Building capacity and confidence through interaction and fun” at the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua, she explained that the radiation emitted by sun, especially in sunny afternoons, was dangerous.
She explained that such sun rays were catalysts that caused changes in body parts exposed to the sun, and the breast is one of the most affected body parts due to its exposure to the sun by young ladies.
Ms Sarpong added that wearing of tight braziers was also dangerous for the health of the breast as it restricted the flow of blood in the breast, advising that it was important that women allowed the breast to relax when at home in order to permit free circulation of blood in them.
She admonished ladies to dress decently to cover their breasts to prevent exposure to sun rays and avoid contracting breast cancers from the sun and consequently have their breast cut off or lose their lives.
Ms Sarpong urged young ladies to have regular breast examination, especially a day after their menstrual cycles, and also visit health facilities for check-ups at least twice a year for early detection and treatment of the disease should they contract it.
"We need to pay particular attention to our breasts because any untreated health condition leads to death; because we don’t want to die early, it is important that we frequently examine our breasts to ensure that they are always healthy”, she added.
She also encouraged women to allow their spouses to massage their breast at times, which according to her is a healthy practice to maintaining the breast but cautioned men “to stop squeezing the breast of their partners as it is a painful experience for women”.
The Eastern Regional Commander of the GIS, Deputy Commissioner of Immigration (DCI), Prudence Sosu Azalekor, expressed gratitude to the health experts for their extensive education on breast cancer and other related diseases.
She urged members of IMMILAC in the region to have their breasts examined to remain healthy to continue their work with the immigration service as good health was needed to carry out their duties.
As part of the annual anniversary the IMMILAC held health screening, eating competition, dancing competition, lime and spoon race, ludo and "oware" competition to crown the day with over 100 IMMILAC members participating in the exercise.