The Chairperson of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, Dr. Toyin Ayimoro, Ondo State chapter, has called for sustained awareness on breast cancer and early detection to defeat the disease in the country.
She made the call in Akure on Saturday at a news conference in honor of Team Survivor Nigeria.
She explained that TSN is a group that takes care of the psycho-social aspects of survivors and fighters of breast cancer.
The doctor also said that the TSN members, 30 in number, “come together every month to share ideas, educate themselves and the public on breast cancer in collaboration with BRECAN.”
“They are a formidable force and with cooperation among themselves, they have been able to defeat breast cancer.
“Breast cancer is a disease that can be cured if discovered early.
“This is the reason we are here today to give hope and save lives, even though we lost three members, and this year, we lost the TSN coordinator.”
Earlier in a lecture titled: ‘Cancer is not a death sentence,’ Dr. Johns Olaniyi, the Vice-Chairman, BRECAN, said cervical and breast cancer were the association’s two areas of focus.
Olaniyi, who advised women to avoid smoke inhalation and excessive intake of alcohol, also urged them to engage in exercise as part of measures to prevent the disease.
He also said that prolonged breastfeeding helped to prevent breast cancer, advising women to learn how to examine their breasts for early detection.
He added that “these cancers are preventable if detected early. Having breast cancer is not the end of the world.
“There is hope. Let us be strong because people are surviving it.”
Mrs. Grace Ijalade, a TSN member and survivor of breast cancer for three years, urged patients not to give up.
While advocating for early detection, Ijalade thanked the founder of TSN and BRECAN for giving hope to breast cancer patients.
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