NGO Calls For Strong Policy To Prevent Breast Cancer

Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, the founder, Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), on Monday urged the Federal Government to formulate strong policy on breast cancer to save the lives of women.

She made the call at a news conference in Ibadan as part of the activities preceding the second BRECAN Breast Cancer Symposium entitled: “Uniting to End Breast Cancer”.

Anyanwu-Akeredolu urged women to ensure early and regular examination to save the women from the danger and trauma of cancer.

“My advice is that women should care for their breasts' health. We should also note that breast cancer is not only the disease of women though, it is very rare in men.

“Both men and women must begin to examine their breasts on regular basis.

“Women and young ladies should examine their breasts two days to their menstruation, while those who no longer menstruate should choose a date to check.

“If you note any colour or feeling on your breast you should visit the hospital.”

Anyanwu-Akeredolu attributed the prevalence of breast cancer to poverty and ignorance.

“It is not as if women don't know what to do, but they do not have money for treatment. That is why our women go to churches instead of hospitals.

“For us to start serious intervention, we need to have serious public enlightenment.’’

Anyanwu-Akeredolu said the public should be educated that “breast cancer is a medical issue and not a spiritual attack due to erroneous societal belief”.

“From the education we are giving to women, they are becoming increasingly aware that such impression is wrong.

“This is why we call for help from philanthropists, individuals and groups to assist women to prevent the spread of the cancerous disease,’’ Anyanwu-Akeredolu said. ?