Women have to check themselves regularly
Child Survival and Development Organisation of Nigeria (CS-DON),a non- governmental organization has called for regular breast and cervical diagnosis to detect breast cancer as panacea to the dreaded disease.
According to the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Onari Duke there is no known cure for cancer yet, so prevention must be emphassised.
Mrs. Duke told THISDAY in Lagos during her programme tagged ‘Run for Cure’ that her organisation is creating awareness and providing treatment and support for victims of breast, cervical and childhood cancer due to frightening cancer record in the country. “Breast cancer, which is the most invasive type of cancer and in rapid increase in Nigeria has resulted in the loos of many lives due to late diagnosis and treatment,” she said.
She said that cervical cancer is a leading cause of death amongst women, while statistics also show that out of the 6,000 children under the age of 12 that are diagnosed with cancer yearly, only 40 percent receive cancer treatment.
According to her, “Our key message to Nigerians is that when cancer is detected early, it is treatable.
Most of the people who die of cancer, 90 per cent of them, were detected late. It is therefore important for people to get out of the fear of cancer for even going for screening so that if it’s detected on time it can be treated. This is the only way to curb the disease, and that is what we are doing.
“And for those who already have cancer, there are supports available for them in terms of encouragement, counselling, and treatment,” she added.
Speaking about the activities lined up by CS-DON to reduce cancer prevalence in Nigeria, the wife of the former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, said in the last four years, the Run for Cure event has raised awareness on cancers as well as raised fund to purchase a mammography machines for Calabar women, children hospital and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and the procurement of a centrifuge cancer machine. She noted that Run for Cure is intensifying efforts everyday as an outreach for breast and cervical cancer screening and cryotherapy as well as HIV AIDS.
“Essentially, the organisation is child survival and development organisation of Nigeria. It was established in 2002 to collaborate and complement the government, stake holders and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) efforts towards reducing the cancer of all types and infant mortality in the country. Since inception, we have intervened in a couple of areas like; HIV/AIDS, mother-to-child transmission, to the impact of HIV/AIDS in orphans, and vulnerable children.
“We have done research on those areas, and also established a hospital in Calabar for women and children with specialty in new technology. We also have intervened in children living in refugee circumstances to help them get resettled.
We started this race in 2009 with the American International School to create awareness and to raise funds that would support the treatment as well as other supports to those who have encounter cancer.