Early detection is mitigating factor to tackle prostate cancer- Dakuku
.Begins free test for staff, stakeholders
By Udeme Clement & Silas Onuoha
The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency ,NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has urged Nigerian men to ensure frequent screening for Prostate Cancer, stressing that early detection is the key to averting the threat.
Dakuku gave this timely advice at a novelty football-match, organised by the Agency, to commence an awareness campaign against Prostate Cancer, at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, in celebration of the World Cancer Day.
Speaking, Dakuku explained that the Agency has decided to key into the persistent goal of modern medicine, in order to defeat the fear of seeing Cancer as death sentence and to encourage male staff as well as Nigerian men to take the advice of early detection seriously, considering the dangers of prostate Cancer.
He said, “The aim of this exercise is to arm ourselves with the weapon to guarantee us a better chance of fighting Cancer. It is for this reason that on the occasion of World Cancer Day, the management of NIMASA has approved the collaboration of our Health Services unit to partner with Clinics, Laboratories to screen interested staff for prostate Cancer. This is vital to protect us from such fatalities through early detection. Therefore, we hope that all staff will use this opportunity to examine their status”.
According to him, the Agency’s health advocacy is part of NIMASA Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, as he announced free examination for prostate Cancer for volunteers who are willing to be screened, even if they are not at risk. The Agency also offered to give out referral papers to interested volunteers.
The words of Dr. Dakuku, “Our mission is to ensure NIMASA staff and Nigerians in general are aware that with adequate education and early detection, this generation can conquer prostate Cancer.
The Agency has commenced free test for all staff and interested stakeholders, as part of effort to encourage early detection”.
“NIMASA’s campaign against prostate Cancer is part of the Union for International Cancer Control ,UICC, to support the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008”.
“It should also be noted that the primary goal of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by Cancer by 2020.”
Thus, as part of activities to mark the event, the Agency organised a novelty march at Astro Turf arena of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. At the event, Dr. Peterside, top management personnel and staff of the Agency graced the occasion, tagged, ‘Kick against prostate Cancer’.