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World Cancer Day: Expert warns patients to visit hospitals not prayer mountains

Yemisi Ajayi,ibadan

As the world commemorate world’s cancer day, Nigerians have been advised to immediately seek medical attention in hospitals whenever they notice any symptoms of cancer in their bodies as against running to prayer mountain or seeking unorthodox attention through traditional caregivers

The founder, Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, gave the advise at an occasion to mark th‎is yearly WCD in Ibadan. The theme for the 2017 celebration is: “I can‎, we can”

Anyanwu‎-Akeredolu said the WCD is an international day marked every year to raise awareness on all types of cancer and to encourage the prevention and or treatment.

Warning that using unorthodox or traditional caregivers approach such as using herbs, herbalist or evening visiting prayer mountain cannot cure cancer or stop the growth, the wife of the Ondo stategovernor-elect noted that the best place to visit is the hospital.

She however urge the government, both at the federal and state levels to help in the effort in search for a wayout to eradicate the scourge of cancer in the society.

While explaining this year theme “I can‎, we can”, she encouraged women to know how to do breast examination exercise by themselves adding that eating balance diet also goes a long way in preventing

cancer

Assuring that BRECAN would not rest on its oasis until cancer is eradicated and or reduced to the bearest minimal, the BRECAN founder said the association would henceforth adopt a school for each of its activities to spread the information that cancer is not a death sentence.

“Federal government should make infrastructures and facilities available so that cancer can be treated for free”, she said

In his presentation,‎ a medical expert, Dr. Kingsley Udoh, explained the cause of cancer to include: lack of exercise, abstinence from sex, smoking ‎cigarette, eating less and not taking enough fruits

Kingsley defined cancer as an abnormal and uncontrollable growth in the body which is deadly but that the disease cannot be transmitted from one to another

“Vegetables food are very good at preventing cancer. Eating enough vegetable makes even cancer patients live longer “, he said

In her welcome address, Proprietor, Seed of Life College, Mrs. Kikelomo Runsewe‎ said cancer is not a death sentence as some people often perceive it

Runsewe‎ urged people to interface with doctors early enough noting that “early detection is the most important and necessary key to cancer treatment and management”

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