Breast Cancer: The Death Sentence: The Socio-economic and Socio-cultural paradox of the underprivileged in Ghanaian Society

Main Article Content

Casimir Adjoe

Abstract

For most rural dwellers, breast cancer is a death sentence. While the concern and discourses of health practitioners and professionals, researchers and analysts may focus on medical attention and the creation of awareness, defined as a deliverance from ‘ignorance’, the personal experience of victims of breast cancer and the members of the community in which they are embedded have a different take. Their focus is more on the origins of the illness and its management in waiting for the ultimate inevitable fate. The paper uses the approach of personal experience and Guttenplan’s categories of consciousness/experiencing, attitude/attitudinizing, and act/action/activity to undertake a somewhat longitudinal examination to investigate the anatomy of the decision-making processes involved in such incidents -  socio-cultural and socio-economic -involving personal and family perspectives, facts/experiencing, beliefs, critical decision-making processes and conclusions attendant with the course of management of the disease through a case study. It concludes that the outlook as currently enacted on what creates and causes delayed medical attention may need to be more critically reviewed. It recommends that the acceptance of seeking medical attention for perceived ‘death sentence’ diseases such as breast cancer should first tackle the certainty of ‘cure’ and the solidarity with victims to ‘fight’ and ‘defeat’ the disease rather than on awareness creation based on unexamined and unsupported assumptions of ‘ignorance’ of victims and their communities that make the efforts to tackle the breast cancer menace in Africa not as effective as they could be.


 

Article Details

How to Cite
ADJOE, Casimir. Breast Cancer: The Death Sentence: The Socio-economic and Socio-cultural paradox of the underprivileged in Ghanaian Society. Medical Research Archives, [S.l.], v. 11, n. 1, jan. 2023. ISSN 2375-1924. Available at: <https://esmed.org/MRA/mra/article/view/3528>. Date accessed: 13 july 2024. doi: https://doi.org/10.18103/mra.v11i1.3528.
Section
Research Articles

References

1Bloor D. Knowledge and Social Imagery. Chicago University Press; 1991
2Brookfield DS. The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust and Responsiveness in the Classroom. Jossey-Bass; 2006
4Stake RE. Case Studies. In: Denzin N, Lincoln YS, eds. Strategies of Qualitative Inquiry. SAGE Publications; 1998: 86-109
5Yin R. Case Study Research. SAGE Publications;2003
6Gillham B. Case Study Research Methods. Continuum;2000
7Bassey M. Case Study Research in Educational Settings. Open University Press;1999
8Bourdieu P. The Field of Cultural Production. Polity Press; 1993
9Blommaert J. Bourdieu the Ethnographer: The Ethnographic rounding of Habitus and Voice. In: The Translator. 2005; 2, 219-236
10Karikari NA, William B. (2018). “Socio-Cultural Interpretations of Breast Cancer among female patients at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Ghana.” In: Ghana Social Science Journal. 2018; 15 (2):143-160
11Brookfield DS. Becoming a critically reflective teacher. Jossey-Bass; 2017
12Guttenplan S. Mind’s Landscape: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind. Blackwell Publishers; 2000
13Adjoe C. (2018). Constructing Failure: Students’ Discursive Practices, Valorization, and Choice of Behaviour in Learning and Examination Situations. .” In Ghana Social Science Journal. 2018; 15 (2): 179-199.
14Sarfo LA, Awuah-Peasah D, Acheampong E, Asamoah F. Knowledge, attitude and practice of self-breast examination among female university students at Presbyterian University College, Ghana. American Journal of Research Communication; 2013, 1, 11, 395-404.
15Hevi JK. Leadership in the Ewe Community of South-Eastern Ghana and its implications for Christianity: An Anthropologico-Theological Study. Doctoral Dissertation, Pontificia Universitas Lateranensis. 1980