A non-governmental organisation, Health Education and Empowerment Initiative, has expressed regrets that many Nigerian women are victims of cancer as a result of ignorance about the disease.
The Executive Director of the organisation, Mrs. Folasade Ofurune, in a statement issued after an enlightenment programme by HEDEN at Oniyoyo community, Robiyan, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, said the organisation had discovered that many women were still unaware of cancer and the dangers it posed.
She said, “It is regrettable that despite the on-going campaigns about cancer, many women are still unaware of the killer disease. That is why we have continued to intensify efforts at spreading the news and educating women generally on how to discover cancer at the early stage and move against it.
“The World Health Organisation has said that one in every eight women is at risk of having breast cancer in a lifetime; and that makes the awareness and diagnosis of breast cancer very compelling.”
Ofurune said her fears were confirmed by some of those at the programme who declared that they had never heard about cancer until the campaign.
She stressed the need for breast self-examination, noting that early detection saved lives.
She urged women to engage in such self-examination after their monthly period and report any unusual sign to a doctor. She also encouraged women to go for breast screening yearly for early detection.