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NGO’s, Unite Against Breast Cancer in Ikot Ekpene

NGO’s, Unite Against Breast Cancer in Ikot Ekpene

In Commemoration of World Cancer Day, which is celebrated October every year across the globe. Non Governmental organizations (NGO’s), SMART HEALTH COMPASS FOUNDATION in collaboration with PINK AFRICA FOUNDATION on October 30th, organized awareness campaign to sensitize women on Breast Cancer, its cause, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

The campaign which featued free Breast Cancer Screening, Sponsoring of Surgery for some Breast Cancer Patients was held at ten family Hall, Anwa Udo Akai, Ikot Ekpene local government Area was to mark world breast cancer awareness month.

A preventive health physician, who is the Founder and Executive Director, Smart Health Compass Foundation, Dr. Uduak Uko, said the screening was to create awareness about cancer.

Uko, a humanitarian medical practitioner, took time to speak on various health issues like, High Blood Pressure, Heart Attack, Stroke, Kidney Failure, Cervical Cancer, and many others.

While speaking on breast cancer, she advised women to always “look and feel” their breast to observe any abnormalities for possibly medical checkup.

Hear her “Look at your breast to check for a change in the colour like redness or dark spots, change in appearance, shape and size, squeeze your nipple to check for any discharge, and feel your breast for a lump for immediate medical attention. Avoid going to a chemist for treatment of breast abnormalities.” She explained.

She noted that anyone who notice a breast lump should have it check by a healthcare professional.

Dr. Uko warned young women against surgery for breast enlargement, smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol,
saying they can cause breast cancer in the long run.

In an interview with Dr. Nchiewe Ani, President and Founder PINK AFRICA FOUNDATION, speaks on her passion as a breast cancer advocate and why women should be educated on the preventions, symptoms and also on the in importance of early detection of breast cancer.

Dr. Ani, an accomplished humanitarian service provider, with over ten years of experience, disclosed that her foundation since inception has always been at the forefront in the fight against breast cancer, having seen the devastating nature and the increase in deaths of Patients with cancer, hence the need to partner Smart Health Compass Foundation, for an awareness campaign to reduce the rising cases of cancer in Nigeria especially among women.

She however assured that her foundation will continue to do all she could to sustain the fight against breast cancer, support survivors of the deadly disease as well as give physical assistant to the needs of girl child, adding that the outreach was a step in the right direction.

On her part Mrs Mfon Akpan, the Principal, School of Nursing Eket, also gave a comprehensive lecture on prostate cancer, it’s causes, prevention and treatment, she emphasized more on the screening for early detection.

The awareness campaign featued, Free health consultation, free Breast Cancer Screening, Sponsoring of Surgery for Some Breast Cancer Patients, free Prostate Cancer Screening, free Test for HIV, Malaria Parasite, Hepatitis, Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure, Kidney Function, as well as Free Drugs for Common Diseases to some of the attendees.

The well organized campaign have a team of health experts from both foundations and in various health institutions who where on hand to attend to questions, conduct various kind of test and advised people on the way to leave a healthy lifestyle.

Some of the health professionals present during the awareness campaign include Dr Akpan, Dr Efe Umoh a medical Radiologist, Nrs Fidelis Umoren, Nrs Aniefiok Oworen, Bridget Assia, Precilliar Nyah, Udim Umoh, achiever Nrs Uduakabasi and many others.

Reacting to the magnanimity of the duo of Dr. Uko and Dr. Ani, some beneficiary, who couldn’t hide their feelings while speaking to this journalist, prayed for God’s continue blessing, describing them as God sent to humanity.

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