Ghanaian women especially young ladies should desist from smoking shisha due to its tendency to cause breast cancer, Dr Beatrice Wiafe Addae, President of Breast Care International has said.

Dr Addae expressed worry that smoking shisha and excessive alcohol in-take have become rising causes of breast cancer among young ladies.

Dr Addae made this revelation at Effiduase in the New Juaben North Municipality on Saturday, 24 March 2018, when the Eastern Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) organised a health and breast screening exercise for scores of journalists and the general public.

Smoking shisha is a way of inhaling smoke through a single or multi-stemmed instrument for vapourizing and smoking flavored tobacco or sometimes cannabis. The vapour from the tobacco is passed through a water basin - often glass - before inhalation.

Health risks of smoking shisha also include exposure to toxic chemicals that are not filtered out by the water and risk of infectious disease when the shisha pipes are shared.

Smoking of shisha has become popular among Ghanaian youth. It has been on the rise in recent years with many pubs and drinking spots providing it for patrons at a fee.

Dr Addae also added in her interaction with pressmen at the event that the sucking of women's breasts by men is not the panacea to preventing or causing breast cancer.

According to her, no research has yet proven that breast cancer can be caused or prevented by regular sucking of the breast.