The Lordina Foundation has organised a breast and cervical cancer screening exercise for women of the Ringway Estates Assemblies of God Church in Accra.
The cervical cancer screening exercise was organised on Saturday, 20 November 2021.
Beneficiaries of the screening exercise underwent a pap smear test and had their breasts examined for breast cancer.
A pap test is a procedure used to test for cervical cancer in women.
It involves the collection of cells from the cervix.
Beneficiaries of the screening exercise were also given a health talk.
Dr Julia Padiki Derban of the Total House Clinic, who facilitated the exercise noted that early detection of both breast and cervical cancer assures a higher chance of cure.
About 4.3 per cent of Ghanaian women are estimated to harbour cervical HPV-16/18 infections and 55.6 per cent of invasive cervical cancers are attributed to HPVs 16 or 18, the HPV Information Centre indicated in its October 2021 report.
The wife of the resident pastor of the church, Grace Adjei, commended Mrs Mahama and her foundation for organising the screening exercise.