LAPO, MWAN Screen Over 105 People On Cancer

LAPO screened 105 community members for cancer-related diseases at the Central Hospital, Benin City as a part of the activities to mark this year’s World Cancer Day. 15 were referred for further medical examination.

The programme, aimed at creating awareness on cancer disease, was organized in conjunction with the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) and others.

The awareness rally held under the theme, “We can, I can” kicked off at the National Museum in Benin City and proceeded through Airport and Mission Road, terminating at the Central Hospital where people were screened of breast, cervical and prostate cancer by medical practitioners and other volunteers, free of charge.

Justifying the involvement of LAPO in the exercise, the Executive Director, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo noted:

“We are currently running a project called LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO C4) which started in 2016. This project has been running in five states including Lagos, Enugu, Edo, Imo, Delta state and Abuja. We create awareness and linkage for screening and referral for treatment. We have also been working with 13 community-based organizations in these states.

“When the opportunity came to partner with the medical women and other groups, we jumped at it with gladness as the world marks world cancer day. Cancer is a terrible disease, but good enough early detection can cure it. In fact, it is the surest cure for it. So, we need to create awareness about it among the people we work it.

In the same vein, the President of the Nigerian Women Medical Association (MWAN), Edo state Branch, Dr. Eriba Lucy Omosefe said the issue of cancer is not what an individual can tackle alone. We are telling people that early detection of this disease saves lives.

“Cancer is deadly but can be prevented if detected early. What we are doing here today is to tell the people that there is a cure when the disease is detected early.

“People should be aware that modern lifestyle is responsible for a lot of cancer incidents today. A lot of junk foods that the people eat contain lot of chemicals. We are also telling market women that the carbide they used for ripening fruits artificially is harmful because it contains highly contagious chemicals. Also, the use of bleach and detergent as preservatives should stop. It is not a healthy practice. People should take lots of vegetables and fruits. These will go a long way in helping to prevent cancer in the body,” she noted.