All those women who love processed meat such as bacon, ham, sausages, salami and beef jerky, then they need to think twice before consuming these food items, as they may increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
Activities lined up for the month include Social and News media campaigns to clear the myth of breast cancer, outreach programs, network and breast examination in hospitals and diagnostic facilities like Korle-bu, Ho Regional, Komfo Anokye, Legon, Lekma, 37 Military, Accra Regional hospitals as well as the Tamale and Tema general hospitals, among others. Red meat was not observed to be unsafe, anyway past studies and World Health Organization has says that the meat might be somewhat cancer-causing.
In other words, the study showed there might be a link between breast cancer and processed meat, but researchers have more work to do to really show that link exists.
According to the study conducted by a team of researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and other health institutions across America and Europe, regular consumption of processed meats can increase the risk of getting breast cancer.
"Annual mammograms can be eliminated for those at high risk", says Olopade, who says that the best way to detect breast cancer in this group is an MRI every six months.
For women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and have dense breasts on mammography, or who were diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50, annual breast MRI is recommended in addition to annual screening mammography.
"Once you get new information and knowledge, you want to share so you're not doing the journey alone", she said. "No single foodstuff is responsible for cancer". Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, limit fat intake, avoid red meat and eat more fiber.
He said partnering with the KBTH in the breast cancer advocacy forms part of the Hotel's 13th anniversary and they owe it a duty to Ghanaians to share their love through the partnership. Smoking can also interfere with cancer treatment.
Dr Nsiah-Asare said late presentation of breast cancer cases was due to low awareness and unavailable mass screening programmes; non-accessibility of specialised treatment centres, and socio-cultural beliefs even among the elite, including women and females in the health profession.
Aim for a normal weight.
"It is cancer that can be effectively treated if diagnosed early".
The researchers did not observe a significant association between red (unprocessed) meat intake and risk of breast cancer.