Stay Away From Cancer Causing Substances – Suhum MP Warns Ghanaians
Member of Parliament (MP) for Suhum constituency in the Eastern Region, Mr Kwadwo Asante has cautioned Ghanaians to stay away from cancer-causing substances.
He urged Ghanaians especially the youth to be very mindful of things they consume into their bodies which has the possibility of causing cancer.
According to him the deadly cancer disease is gradually killing many people in Ghana and the world at large than anticipated.
The Suhum MP gave the caution on the floor of Ghana’s Parliament when he read a statement last last Thursday 4 February, 2021 to marked World Cancer Day (WCD).
WCD is set aside to promote awareness of cancer around the world which is held on February 4, each year since its inception in the year 2000 at the first ever world summit against cancer.
Mr Asante explain that, the theme for the past 3 years has been “I Am and I Will” the focus for this year 2021 is: “Together, all our actions matter!”
The Suhum lawmaker mentioned that, the day is also set aside this year to acknowledge and celebrate the remarkable and heroic efforts and chalked by nurses, doctors who are directly involved in the fight against cancer, researchers, volunteers and advocates who continue to do their best to provide life saving care during a global pandemic.
Mr Asante, who is popularly known as “Oboafo” by his constituents said, cancer awareness has become exceedingly important in the 21st century. While there has been numerous advancements in the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer, factors that should contribute to the decline of the disease are not yielding the needed results as the number of new cases diagnosed globally each year continued to increase.
He supported his statement with a statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to confirm how scary cancer is and the need to critically be on guard in adopting measures to curb this situation.
According to WHO report, there were:
8.1 million new cases diagnosed in 1990, 10 million new cases in 2000,
12.4 million in 2008 and 14.1 million in 2012.
The number of annual deaths worldwide from cancer, also increased from 5.2 million people in 1990 to 8.2 million people in 2012. He noted.
“Mr. Speaker, 9.6 million people were estimated to have died from cancer in 2018.” Mr Asante further stated.
He explain that, according to the World Health Organisation, if the incidence of cancer continues to grow at this rate, then the number of deaths worldwide from cancer will increase to more than 16.3 million by 2040.
“As the World Cancer Report provides clear evidence that healthy lifestyles and public health action by governments and health practitioners could stem this trend, and prevent as many as one third of cancers worldwide. This assertion is buttressed by WHO, that as much as forty percent (40%) of deaths from cancer are preventable!
Hence the question,
“How do we ensure that people are educated on the practices and lifestyle changes that are necessary to avoid having this terrible disease?” .
What measures are being put in place to ensure that Ghanaians eat well and live thoughtfully?, he asked.
“According to National Cancer Institute, 2015, well-known risk factors for cancer are age, diet, alcohol, cancer-causing substances, obesity, chronic inflammation, hormones, immunosuppression, tobacco, infectious agents, radiation & over exposure to sunlight”.
One action the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Ghana has taken as part of its effort to reduce the incidence of preventable diseases and to promote regenerative health in the country, is the adoption of the concept of “Regenerative Health and Nutrition (RHN)”. This practice, when adhered to strictly, is said to help eliminate many non-communicable diseases including cancer.
He explained that the Ghana Demographic and Health Survey conducted in 2008 revealed that there is a gradual increase in alcohol consumption and physical inactivity amongst Ghanaians and also, many Ghanaians remove fruits and vegetables from their diet.
The Suhum MP has therefore advised that stakeholders as well as individuals join the challenge to eliminate cancer by focusing on our health and to live responsibly since a healthy nation is equal to a productive nation.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH