A mother of six and a cervical cancer survivor has shared her horrifying experience of how she almost lost her life.
According to Margaret Asiedu Dwamena, it was the low point and most difficult time of her life after she was diagnosed with cancer.
“It all began after seven months of child birth. I bled profusely which I was surprised at because my menstruation normally begins a year after child birth so I didn’t understand what was happening to me,” she narrated.
Sharing her survival experience on the social discussion segment on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem dubbed, Y’asem Nie, she disclosed she had to resort to all kinds of medications for treatment which were not helping her situation in anyway.
“I bled for a year and eight months while I resorted to herbs and orthodox medicines and was rushed to the Dodowa hospital one fateful evening where everyone felt I was dead but endured series of tests to survive,” she said happily.
She said but for the support of her family who were committed to the payment plans, she wouldn’t have survived cervical cancer due to the expensive nature of treatments.
Nurses speak on cervical cancer
Some nurses proposed early screening for detection of the disease as part of efforts to control the spread of the disease in the country.
Abigail Gamor and Rose Aduful, both senior nursing officers or public health nurses at the Reproductive Health Centre of the Korle-Bu teaching Hospital, spoke on the same show.
According to them, cervical cancer had been identified as a deadly disease in Ghana, with a mortality rate of about 67 percent.
The nurses said statistics indicate that the disease kills more than 2,000 women annually in Ghana, with almost 3,000 new cases recorded annually among women in their early 60s.
They indicated that though the disease affects both men and women, girls who began sexual activity before age 16 or within a year of starting their menstrual period were at high risk of developing cervical cancer; hence, the need for early screening among sexually active people.
Cervical cancer is a type of cancer caused by a virus known as Human Papillomavirus.
It is contracted through multiple sexual intercourse, smoking, birth control pills, family history of cervical cancer and it is formed in the tissues of a cervix.
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Source: Adomonline.com | Dorcas Abedu-Kennedy