Early detection, treatment and care of breast cancer have been described as the gateway to patient’s survival of the scourge.
Wife of the Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu gave the revelation in Akure while declaring open a zonal workshop with the theme, “expanding the capacity of MHWUN women towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals”, organised by the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Ondo State chapter.
Arabinrin who urged the participants from the three geo-political zones of the Southern zone of Nigeria to do more and be more in every sphere of life revealed that consistent and proper self examination of the breast is very significant in early detection of breast cancer.

She said breast cancer is not a death sentence, while the care and treatment must be done by qualified and specialised health professionals. She noted that women must disregard misconceptions and erroneous belief that breast cancer is a spiritual problem.
The 21 – year old breast cancer survivor said breast cancer is purely an health issue and must be handled medically, stressing that women should report any strange observation in terms of lump(s), colour, shape, size or otherwise noticed in their breast to the hospital immediately. She recommended the fun filled self breast examination technique (sekem dance) for every woman, stating that it should be inculcated into their routine activities.
The First Lady however called for active women participation in local politics, saying it serves as entry point for mainstreaming women into the larger politics. She added that there’s need for increase in the number of female representation at all level of government in order to strategize on issues affecting women.

Arabinrin, the Primary health professional also advised the Union to focus on their goals, contribute their quota to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and embrace women – inclusive government in the running of their affairs.
Speaking earlier, the representative of the National President of the Union, Comrade Sanmi Osagie, said the Union will continue to support women folk and work towards adding value to them. He described women as home builders and called on them to support their spouses in building a better family and the nation at large.
According to him, the Union will not cease from promoting its goals, bridging gap between men and women, while urging the people to imbibe good attitude towards their health because healthy living guaranteed safer life.
Other highlights of the event include self breast examination, lectures on women empowerment and development, among others.

Story credit: Oluwatobi Omosalewa Fademi