June 16, 2009

NOWA worries over breast, cervical cancers

By Albert Akpor
WORRIED by the degree of ignorance amongst women, especially officers wives, of the deadly nature of breast and cervical cancer, the Nigerian Navy Officers Wives (NOWA) has commenced a vigorous campaign against these terminal diseases. Already, wives of serving officers have begun screening with a view to detecting the presence of these diseases in them.

National president of NOWA, Mrs Grace Ibrahim who initiated the move with a lecture held at the NNS Qoura Apapa,  lamented that the disease may have taken the lives of many for lack of knowledge and some times, early detection.

She was however, optimistic that with the present campaigns, women who hitherto shy away from going to screen for these diseases could now do it with confidence adding that there was nothing to be afraid or ashamed about.

“Prevention and early detection of breast and cervical cancer could save the lives of millions of women who are unaware of the danger of this killer disease.

Consequently, I have invited Lifekare Network, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) to enlighten us and conduct screening exercise with the belief that it will be of immense benefit to us all.

This is because, early detection of the disease would necessitate early treatment and consequently elongate the lifespan of our women.

In a lecture, Mrs Esther C. Adigwe, a consultant with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital blamed the federal government for not paying adequate attention to the savage nature of the diseases.