Dr Raphael Nyakotey Obu, Chief Executive Officer of Men’s Health Foundation Ghana, has called on the government to replace Father’s Day, which is celebrated every Sunday in June with Prostate Cancer Awareness Day.
This, he said would enable churches, corporate bodies, institutions and individuals to create awareness of the dangers the disease pose.
Dr Obu made the call in an interview with Ghana News Agency at Dodowa in the Shai Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region on Monday.
He said the disease is more aggressive in men of African descent and they have about 60 per cent chances of getting infected.
Dr Obu who is also a Naturopathic Doctor said statistics showed that one in every five Ghanaian men would get infected in their life time, hence the need for the government to pay more attention to the health of men.
The Chief Executive Officer said prostate cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Black men, adding that it is often considered an “old man disease’’ .
Dr Obu however demystified the myth saying that young men’s prostate glands are not free from the disease and that every man is at risk.
“”We believe men deserve better, hence we fight to help more men survive prostate cancer and other men’s health related issues and enjoy a better quality of life.”
“We fight so that more men survive prostate cancer in Ghana,” he said.
Dr Obu expressed the hope that the government would throw his weight behind the request. GNA