600 screened for breast cancer in Ibadan

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No fewer than 600 women were screened for breast cancer in Ibadan, Oyo State, courtesy of Shoprite. Founder, Run for a cure Africa (RFCA), Ebele Mbanugo said one in five women checked their breasts regularly with many still ignorant of the danger signs. She spoke during a breast screening programme at Palms Shopping Mall on Ring Road, Ibadan. It was organised by Shoprite in partnership with the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, to inaugurate the outlet. She said: “Thousands of women are affected by breast cancer each and every year in Nigeria alone. While the disease has a high survival rate, detecting and treating the disease early is the key to surviving it.” Mbanugo said more than 50 women were put on mammogram machine to check their breasts for the cancerous growths. She expressed the for women to protect themselves from this dreadful disease, urging more awareness, especially for rural dwellers. She said: “There are predictions by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that cancer rates will soar by 70 per cent in 20 years. Yet, most Nigerians are neither aware of what cancer is, nor its risk factors or figures relating to cancer incidence. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.”

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