Early detection is panacea to cancer scourge- Says Dakuku .Takes awareness campaign to host communities

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Early detection is panacea to cancer scourge- Says Dakuku

.Takes awareness campaign to host communities     

By Udeme Clement

The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has urged Nigerians especially women to ensure frequent breast Cancer screening, stressing that early detection will make a lot of difference in tackling the scourge.

He made this known while leading a 2.5 kilometer walk through streets of Lagos, tagged “Taking Action Together Against Breast Cancer”, with the aim of creating awareness for  early detection of this deadly disease.

Speaking before the walk commenced, the NIMASA DG said that as an agency of government alive to its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR), the walk aimed at taking action together against breast cancer has become desirable considering the rate at which ignorance has led to avoidable deaths.

“It is a known fact that prevention is better than cure, never again should any of our relatives die because of ignorance. Our goal is to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of breast cancer through education on symptoms and treatment.  We hope knowledge will lead to earlier detection of breast cancer, which is associated with higher long term survival rates”, Dakuku said.

 

Peterside, the DG of NIMASA:

While explaining that  NIMASA’s health advocacy is part of its CSR,  Dakuku announced free preliminary examination for breast related diseases at the agency’s search and rescue base clinic. “Our mission is to ensure NIMASA staff and Nigerians in general are aware that with adequate education and early detection, this generation can conquer breast cancer. NIMASA will provide support services such as mammograms test for early detection”, he enthused.

He added, “The agency has commenced free mammogram test for all staff and interested stakeholders as part of effort to encourage early detection.
NIMASA’s breast awareness campaign is part of the global awareness campaign  tagged “Pink month of October, dedicated to create awareness about breast cancer and how the scourge can be tackled”.

However, it should  be noted that  World Health Organisation (WHO) had stated that awareness, and understanding of breast cancer in Africa is generally low. In recent years, the Organisation floated several initiatives to increase breast cancer awareness among African women and NIMASA is also following this line to create awareness on deadly scourge.

 

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