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80 percent of prostrate cancer patients can’t pay treatment cost

A staggering 80 percent of prostrate cancer patients in the country, unable to pay the medical cost of treatment, a heartbreaking situation, that is forcing them to resort to the use of herbs – traditional treatment.

Dr Joel Yarney, the Head of the Medical Centre for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, has expressed his deep concern and he is calling for the government to do everything to make prostrate cancer treatment affordable.

This, he said, was necessary as the number of cases kept rising.

He also wants more treatment centres for the disease to be established.

He was speaking at a health forum held to discuss the management of prostrate – the care, and this brought together medical experts and business executives. The programme was organized by the American Chamber of Commerce, Ghana.

Dr. Yarney predicted that the financial burden was going to increase – going to be higher than it was now, and therefore, it was pertinent to make preparation towards managing the non-communicable disease.

He said it was reasonable to expect that prostrate cancer cases would go up at the same time with the population.

The head of the nation’s largest referral facility’s medical centre for radiotherapy and nuclear medicine, said the lack of prostrate cancer awareness, combined with financial and logistical constraints, had been delaying the cancer diagnoses.

The current situation in terms of the prevalence rate was the direct result of late detection, caused by poverty.

The medical cost of treatment was beyond the reach of majority of the patients and the option for these patients is to turn to traditional treatment.

The Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, acknowledged that there were indeed real challenges faced by prostrate cancer patients in the country.

He gave thumps up to the American Chamber of Commerce, Ghana, for organizing the forum and said it could not have come at a better time as his ministry and stakeholders were in the process of implementing non-communicable diseases and universal health care road map.

This was going to involve accessibility and affordability of care – leaving no one behind.

He said his ministry was going to wait for the report – recommendations from the forum to enrich the strategies that they were going to develop not only for prostrate cancer but cancers in general.

Prostrate cancer is a form of cancer that begins in the grand cells of the prostrate, which is found in only males.

It is marked by uncontrolled growth of cells in the prostrate gland and symptoms include difficulty in urinating.

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American Chamber of Commerce Joel Yarney Korle Bu


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