World Cancer day: Arabinrin Akeredolu harps on the need to save women as BRECAN returns to Akure
The celebration of the 2018 World Cancer Day by the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) which kick started in Imo State and moved later to Abuja today hit Akure, the Ondo State as the First Lady of Ondo State and the founder of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu again addressed the need to save the lives of women from all forms of cancer especially breast cancer through advocacy and provision of good health care system.
Speaking at the event organized for public secondary schools across the state which took place at St. Peter Unity Secondary School, Arabinrin Akeredolu called for concerted effort in the fight against breast cancer.
According to her, the youths are the leaders of tomorrow thus, there is a need to empower them with the right information so that they are in a position to assist and transmit right information about the causes of the diseases and how it can be prevented through healthy lifestyles.
Mrs. Akeredolu who was ably represented by the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Women, Affairs, Mrs. Titilayo Adeyemi also enjoined the students to acquire necessary life skills and become advocates in the fight against breast cancer.
In her lecture, Dr. Ndidi Okunnuga, a Consultant Oncologist who explained what cancer is, stated that cancer can occur in any part of the body except in the hair, teeth and fingernail.
In her analysis, she observed that the World Health Organization estimates that over 24.6million people in the world currently live with cancer and that cancer remains a public health issue all over the world.
While tracing the risk factors that can be associated with cancer which include age, gender, family history among others, Dr. Okunnuga stressed that cancer can be prevented through physical activity, healthy lifestyle, eating right among others. She also enjoined the students to help spread the word that early detection saves life.
Earlier in his address, the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro affirmed that cancer though a deadly disease can be prevented if detected early.
According to him, a healthy lifestyle helps in preventing cancer, thus, getting the right information across to the students will go a long way in the fight against cancer.
Dr. Adegbenro who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Taiwo Oni also lauded the Akeredolu led government for signing into law the health insurance bill saying that with the implementation of the bill, the issue of affordability for treatment of health related issues will no longer be a problem.
In her remark, the Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Olatunji Edet lauded BRECAN for taking up the initiative to educate students on breast cancer noting that it will give them the opportunity to have the right information and be of help to people around them.
The Ondo State Chairperson of BRECAN, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Ayimoro in her own address traced the birth of the chapter in the state noting that it membership is growing with the aim of creating awareness in a bid to stop the spread of the diseases.