Six Rotary Clubs in Districts 9110, 9102 and 1130 say it will jointly screening 1,000 women in Lagos free for breast cancer to reduce the increasing incidences of the disease in Nigeria.
Mr Bola Oyebade, the District Governor Nominee, made the disclosure at a news conference heralding the commencement of the screening in Lagos.
Oyebade said that the exercise was part of the Rotary’s corporate social responsibilities aimed at giving back to the people.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the six sponsors are the Rotary Clubs of Gbagada, Gbagada South, Ikoyi, Ikorodu Metropolitan, Cotonou Palmier and Kensington, as well as Chelsea.
The programme is supported by the Rotary Foundation, in conjunction with the Aid for Victims of Diseases in Africa (AVODA).
Theme of the programme is: “Disease Prevention and Empowerment.’’
Oyabade said: “This is a project that has come up, not by one club, but with about six clubs; it is kicking off today, Monday.
“Our target is to screen over 1,000 women, it’s very important that we take care of our women; if women are breast cancer free, then the society will be better,’’ Oyebade said.
According to him, those tested positive will be referred to hospitals they have partnership with, for treatment, which will be free.
Commenting, Mrs Adefowoke Williamson, the Project Coordinator, said that breast cancer was a disease that should be fought head on.
According to her, early detection is best and cheaper.
“I am using this medium to call on women to take advantage of this platform given them to come out and be screened.
“Breast cancer is one disease that has taken lives of many women; it needs serious attention.
“We need women to be healthy and alive; if a woman is treated, that means, a whole nation is treated,’’ Williamson said.
She said that the screening would take place at four locations in the state.
“The first is Echoscan at Opebi, Afriglobal at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Arrive Alive Diagnostic located at Ojuelegba and Malens Diagnostic at Ebute Ikorodu, Lagos,’’ she said.
The President of Rotary Club of Gbagada, Dr Basirat Giwa, attributed the high level of breast cancer in women to lack of awareness.
“Statistics have shown that lack of awareness and early detection are responsible for unnecessary high mortality rate among women with breast cancer.
“Also, most of the beneficiaries of our microfinance project on local economies are women.
“If we are going to empower them economically, we should also make attempt to ensure that they are in good health.
“So, the screening is an attempt on disease prevention to protect women against breast cancer,” Giwa said.
Also, Dr Adebola Olatunji, the Founder, Aid for Victims of Diseases in Africa (AVODA), urged women to take advantage of this opportunity to prevent untimely death.
“Lots of women are discouraged to go for checkups and seek help because of lack of funds, thereby resulting to visiting religious leaders for spiritual healing rather than the hospital.
“Breast cancer is a serious sickness and as such women must take it serious, if they want to be alive.
“Once a woman is up to 20 years, she should begin to self examine her breasts once a month.
“Also, once she is 40 years, she needs to schedule herself for mammogram which is like an X-ray of the breast.
“Breast cancer can be prevented through early screening such as the one being offered women today,” Olatunji said. (NAN)