A Clinical Psychotherapist and Stress Management Consultant at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, (KBTH), Dr. Alfons Amanor has cautioned men to desist from chewing their wives breast as the act exposes the breast to infections and diseases.
According to him, although it is safe to fondle breasts, chewing them damages the flesh which can expose them to infections such as breast cancer.
He pointed out that although sucking breasts has no medical implications, chewing them is very dangerous and can cause the woman a lot of problems.
Dr. Alfons who was speaking on the causes of breast cancer made this known at Gomoa Potsin on when Practicum II, Group I members of the Guidance and Counselling Unit of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) organized a workshop to educate church leaders in the area about breast cancer to enable them educate their congregations.
?My emphasis is on chewing because men have been doing all sort of things to their partners breasts and chewing them is becoming common and rampant these days which needs to be stopped,? he advised.
He indicated that breast cancer does not need to kill anybody and advised Ghanaians to be each other?s keepers and go the hospital regularly to check for early treatment.
A Principal Nursing Officer at the Radiotherapy Center at Korle-Bu, Madam Patience Blewu disclosed that breast cancer situation in the country is very alarming as her outfit alone recorded 1, 890 cases last year.
?The situation is alarming because right now we are recording cases of patients who are as young as 13 and 14 years and this has been our source of concern?, she added.
She attributed the worrying trend to the kind of food people are eating nowadays, their exposure to chemicals as well as hormonal factors.
She called for the need to intensify breast cancer education to encourage people to go for regular check up to ensure early treatment if they found they have the disease.
The leader of the group, Mr. Anthony Kwame Agortimevor disclosed that in 2008 alone 458, 503 people died out of breast cancer worldwide, adding that the rate in Ghana now is on the increase.
He explained that they selected church leaders as ambassadors to educate them to educate their communities and congregation to demystify the myth surrounding breast cancer to enable people go to hospital for treatment instead of running to herbalists and spiritualists.
He added that the programme is a requirement of their course, adding that his group made a research and realized that the information on breast cancer is not enough and accurate hence the programme.
FROM: MAGDALENE SEY, GOMOA POTSIN