L-R: Representative of the Managing Director, AXA Mansard Health, Mr. Kola Oni; Guest Speaker, Breast Cancer Seminar, Dr. Olabisi Ademuyiwa; Chief Medical Director, Alliance Hospital, Dr. Utabor Christopher; and National President, African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), Mrs. Ajala Angela, during Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar held in Abuja recently

Martins Ifijeh, Wale Ajumotokan in Abuja

AXA Mansard Health Limited, African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) and Alliance Hospital, Abuja have over the weekend showed commitment to tackling breast cancer by sponsoring a breast cancer seminar titled ‘Current Trends in the Management of Breast Cancer.’

The seminar featured a rich education on breast cancer and its management for everyone there present.
The guest Oncologist- Dr. Bisi Ademuyiwa shared strategies to prevent cancer, how to handle triple negative breast cancers, global best practices and emerging new trends in breast cancer treatment.

She also dispelled various myths and old wives tales about the nature, causes, spread and treatment of breast cancer.

In preparation for seminar, there was an exclusive private dinner on February 22, 2018 which hosted Dr. Bisi Ademuyiwa, and the medical society of Nigeria. The series of events culminated in Ademuyiwa consulting with 40 breast cancer patients at the Alliance Hospital, Garki, Abuja.

Commenting on the initiative, the Chief Executive Officer, AXA Mansard Health Limited, Mr. Tope Adeniyi, said the move is in line with AXA Mansard’s focus on the needs of the Nigerian women, and its SHE (Super Heroes Everyday) Initiative, through which it demonstrates its understanding of the Nigerian woman, her nature, her needs, her goals and her achievements.

“The SHE initiative identifies how important the Nigerian woman is and proffers practical solutions to addressing her challenges.Breast cancer is beyond just a health issue; it has social and economic implications on its victims, their families and their societies. We will therefore continue to be an active participant in the fight against the deadly scourge,” he said.

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women. About half a million death every year are a result of the disease and this is due to insufficient medical care and awareness about the disease. This is an alarmingly high number and definitely calls for efforts by both the public and private sector to lend a hand in the battle against cancer.

Adeniyi stated it hat, “At AXA Mansard HMO, we understand that women are a significant component in the society and the importance of their wellbeing cannot be overemphasized. We recognize the far reaching ripple effects that enlightenment and awareness will have in the fight against cancer. As a leading health management organization in Nigeria, we will continue to take strategic steps to ensure that Nigerians are protected from the cancer scourge.”