No fewer than 2,000 women will be screened for free breast cancer across oyo state before the end of October.
Wife of former Governor of Oyo State, Dr. Florence Ajimobi disclosed this on Friday in Ibadan during a campaign programme launched by her charity organisation, Access to Basic Medical Care (ABC).
Dr. Ajimobi said that early detection of breast cancer remained the antidote to the survival of the deadly disease.
The campaign, which was launched with the support of the BOVAS Foundation, coincided with the global October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
According to Ajimobi, ABC is targeting over 2,000 women for free breast cancer screening in the month of October.
“Breast cancer is the most common killer disease in women. This is why we want women to be aware of what breast cancer is and the only way they can be aware of it is to go for screening regularly,” she said.
“We embarked on this walk so we can raise awareness on the importance of screening. Early detection can keep you alive and we are saying enough is enough to breast cancer in our society.
“We want people to know their status. We want them to know they can check themselves for symptoms.
“In ABC Foundation, we are screening over 2,000 people in this month of October and it’s going to be free,” she said.
Mrs. Ajimobi called on women to come out and take advantage of the opportunity, saying that the essence of the walk is to save the lives of women in the state in particular and Nigeria in general.
Dr. Ajimobi also appealed to women from all walks of life to go for regular breast cancer screening.
Also speaking during the excresise, Dr Tobi Lawrence, the resident radiologist at ABC Foundation, said that breast and cervical cancer remained the commonest in Nigerian women.
According to her, one in eight women are likely to develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
“Early detection is the key to reducing breast cancer scourge and way we can detect breast cancer early is through regular screening.
“Certain individuals who have a higher risk of breast cancer, due to family history, should consult a physician about how often to be screened,” she said.
“The global health body, WHO, says that breast cancer impacts 2.1 million women each year and causes the greatest number of cancer-related deaths among women”.