The Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) in collaboration with the Pink Africa Foundation have called on women to go for regular clinical breast checks and examination to prevent the deadly breast cancer disease in Cross River State .
FOMWAN Chairperson in Cross River State, Alhaja Lateefah Yahaya Idinye made the call over the weekend during a roadwalk to sensitize women on the dos and don’ts of the killer ailment.
The Breast, Cervical and Prostate cancer awareness walk, which was organised by the pink Africa Foundation and FOMWAN, attended by women who came out in their numbers to sensitise citizens on measures to take to prevent the widespread of Cancer.
Speaking on the symptoms and measures to avert the disease, the FOMWAN chairperson counsel that early detection through periodic clinical breast checks and examination as well as self-breast assessment could prevent the scourge.
“Findings has shown that the incidence of both breast and cervical cancer is on the increase in developing countries like Nigeria due, to non availability of early cancer screening programs that detect early invasive cancer, some of which would have progressed to the late stage of the disease, increasing cancer mortality in Nigeria”
“FOMWAN is out on the street of Calabar and will be going to other major urban centres and remote areas of the state to educate citizens, especially women because, even when you feel healthy, just being a woman and getting older puts you at risk of Cancer, hence the need for periodic medical checks”
“I urge women to report any strange signs to the nearest medical facility to prevent the spread of the disease. Our association, as part of its health project, has sent some members to other urban centres for the se exercise in partnership with some Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs). Lateefah Said.
Some of the places visited to educate citizens in Calabar during the walk, including Bogobiri, Mary slessor Avenue, Marian Road and IBB Way.