Breast cancer is a significant health issue in Ghana, with rising incidence rates and mortality rates. In this article, we'll explore the latest statistics and trends related to breast cancer in Ghana.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the world among women. There are 1.1 million new cases of female breast cancer each year worldwide. Approximately 70% of all cancer deaths will occur in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide. Shockingly, statistics show that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.
This highlights the importance of regular check-ups and early detection in the fight against breast cancer. In fact, it is estimated that in 2022, breast cancer will account for approximately 30% of all new cancer diagnoses in women. Statistics show that every 2 minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, highlighting the importance of early detection and regular screenings.
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% 2 of women in Ghana aged 40-69 have had recent mammograms
According to 2020 GLOBOCAN report, Ghana is estimated to record 4,645 (20.4%) new breast cancer cases which is more than double of the estimated 2,062 new cases in 2012, with close to 50% of them dying. The high mortality rate is mainly due to late stage presentation. Most of the women affected with breast cancer are below the age of 50 in Ghana (58.2%).
According to the Ghana Cancer Registry, breast cancer is the leading cancer among women in Ghana, accounting for 16.8% of all cancer cases. In 1992, the incidence rate was 23.8 per 100,000 women, but by 2012, it had risen to 37.8 per 100,000 women. Mortality rates have also been on the rise, with breast cancer accounting for 12.4% of all cancer deaths among women in Ghana. Despite these concerning statistics, breast cancer screening rates in Ghana remain low, with only 2% of women aged 40-69 reporting having had a mammogram in the past two years.
In addition to the lack of screening, access to treatment for breast cancer in Ghana is also a major concern. Many women in rural areas may not have access to specialized medical care or may not be able to afford the cost of treatment. This can lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment, which can significantly impact a woman's chances of survival.
However, there are efforts underway to improve access to care, including the establishment of specialized breast cancer clinics and the training of healthcare providers in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is important for the government and healthcare organizations in Ghana to continue to prioritize breast cancer awareness and access to care in order to address this growing public health issue.
Breast cancer is a significant health issue in Ghana, with increasing incidence rates and mortality rates. According to the Ghana Cancer Registry, the incidence rate of breast cancer has increased from 23.8 per 100,000 women in 2008 to 37.8 per 100,000 women in 2018.
Additionally, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in Ghana, accounting for 10.2% of all cancer deaths. The mortality rate for breast cancer has also increased from 12.6 per 100,000 women in 2008 to 17.2 per 100,000 women in 2018.
Despite the growing concern about breast cancer in Ghana, efforts are being made to combat the disease. The Ghana Breast Cancer Screening Program, launched in 2014, aims to increase awareness and provide screening services to women across the country. Additionally, organizations such as Breast Care International (BCI) and the Ghana Cancer Society are working to educate the public about breast cancer and provide support to those affected by the disease. With continued efforts and awareness, it is hoped that the incidence and mortality rates of breast cancer in Ghana will decrease in the future.