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NGOs, Lions Club Raise Awareness about Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is considered to be one of the most common cancers among women world over and in Nigeria over fourty thousand women are diagnosed of breast Cancer annually, Mr. Ekpeno John posited, as Cedar Lions Club Eket partners Seabas Cancer Initiative on creating awareness on the disease.

Medical experts claim that breast cancer is generally diagnosed in women when they reach their 30 and tends to spike between 50 and 64 years.

It is also medically proven that one in 28 women are likely to develop the ailment during their lifetime.

The NGOs and volunteers after sensitisation exercise at the market
The NGOs and volunteers after the sensitisation exercise at the market

Earlier today, in furtherance to creating awareness about  breast Cancer, Seabas Cancer Initiative in collaboration with Eket Cedar Lions Club took breast cancer awareness campaign to Eket Local Government Area.

Held at the Palace of the Paramount Ruler of Eket Local Government Area, HRM Edet Abia, the breast Cancer awareness tagged: Project Save All (PROSA 2021) is christined: “Restoring Good Health for Women and Educating All About Breast Cancer”.

Lions Club is a humanitarian Service Organisation

 In his welcome address, the Executivie Chairman of Eket Local Government Area, Hon. Akaninyene Tommy described breast cancer as dangerous and deadly disease that must be eradicated by embracing preventive measures.

Hon. Tommy who was represented by Chief Idim appreciated the management of Seabas Cancer Initiative and Eket Cedar Lions Club for the advocacy campaign and urged participants to practicalise the knowledge gained from the campaign for a healthy living.

He promised his commitment to partner with Eket Cedar Lions Club and Seabas Cancer Initiative in presenting humanitarian services to the masses and called for sustenance of the campaign.

Speaking also, the Executive Director of Seabas Cancer Initiative, Deaconess Nse Inyang said the campaign was intended to create awareness on the disease.

Deaconess Inyang disclosed that she came up with Seabas Cancer Initiative having beat breast Cancer some years ago.

As breast Cancer survivor, Deaconess Inyang said the disease is not a dead sentence and warned against attributing lumb in the breast to witchcraftcy but should rather seek urgent medical attention.

In his breast cancer message to the participants, the Executive Director of Kick out Cancer Foundation, Mr. Ekpeno John said the driving message for year 2021 cancer awareness month is; “Rise and be United”.

Mr. John disclosed that some NGOs collaborated to ensure the message about breast cancer is disseminated widely across the State and beyond that’s why the Organisations’ took the campaign to Ikpa Primary Health Centre, in Ibiono Ibom Local Government, followed by the Eket version and hinted that the campaign shall continue tomorrow at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital and shall terminate at Akpan Andem Market.

They also came up with the sub theme: “Stigmatisation against Breast Cancer Patients: the Way Forward”, Mr. John opined that as deadly as the disease may present itself, when people are united and family members rallying round a patient, breast Cancer can be beaten.

In her lecture on breast Cancer, Dr. Eka Unanam itemized arious symptoms of breast cancer which includes: painless lump in the breast, a sudden change in shape and size of the breast, blood discharge from the nipple, and nipple retraction.

Dr. Unanam posited that while early diagnosis and self-breast examination can increase the chances of successful treatment and cure, lack of awareness and accessibility to healthcare facilities stands as an hindrance.

While Mr. Kingsley Okon, a patients navigator with University of Uyo Teaching Hospital gave counselling on the disease, Evangelist Udeme King, the President, Ibom Cancer Support Group gave the vote of thanks.

The campaign featured questions and answers session where participants asked questions bothering on breast Cancer and other health concerns.

Present during the awareness campaign were: Mrs. Imaobong Ekwere, a Professional Counselling Psychologist, past and present Councillors, Supervisors and Special Advisers in Eket Local Government Area.

Others were: the Leadership and members of Eket Cedar Lions Club, Region 7 Chairperson Lion Ben Oyombio, representative of PDP, wife of the Paramount Ruler of Eket, Obonganwan Mandu Abia, Mbong Iban Eket and a cross section of Eket people.

Shortly after the campaign at the Paramount ruler’s premises, the Organisations took the campaign to markets within Eket Local Government and orientation about the disease and other forms of cancer was given to the market women as well as distribution of breast Cancer related pamphlet to both men and women.

The campaign continues tomorrow at University of Uyo Teaching Hospital and Akpan Andem Market.

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