Written by Williams ABAH

Breast cancer month, early detection guarantees total cure -Expert

The chief medical director of the National Hospital, Abuja, Jaf Momoh,

has advocated routine screening for breast cancer on women,saying that
early detection guarantees 100 per cent cure. Momoh stated this during
the commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Day, organised by Breast
Imaging Society of Nigeria BISON,National Hospital branch in Abuja.

It was learnt that the Breast cancer awareness Month is marked in
countries across the world every October, which helps to increase
awareness and support for early detection and treatment, as well as
palliative care of the disease.
The theme of the 2020 Breast Cancer Awareness day is “Go Pink Day,
Save a breast, save a life’’.

The chief medical director explained that early detection of the
diseases still remained the best way to control breast cancer, noting
that if detected early, with adequate diagnosis and treatment, there
was a good chance of being cured. In his words,
“This is a disease that we know that if diagnosed early is 100 per
cent curable as currently there was no sufficient knowledge on the
causes of the diseases.
“If you want to stem down these diseases as early as possible, routine
screening is what we must encourage all women, whether young or old,
to undertake."We will therefore encourage and support any department
that comes up with a programme that is in the best interest of our
patients,” he said.

Momoh encouraged BISON to continue in their effort in creating
awareness to the public on breast cancer as well as their service to
humanity. Also speaking Feyisayo Daji, the Consultant Radiologist and
Head of Department Radiologist Department, National Hospital Abuja,
recommended that individuals above 40 years of age should go for
routine mammogram screening every two years.
She advised those of lower age to undergo breast ultrasound, while
those above 50 years should screen yearly and regularly undertake
self-breast examination.

Daji further advised women to at all-times to check for changes in the
breast, nipple discharge, lump, skin texture, swelling and
discoloration.She urged women to visit the hospital, if any of the
symptoms is detected.
The consultant said the breast cancer awareness day was also to show
and support patients’ with breast cancer, saying the disease is not a
death sentence. Daji advised Nigerians not to believe religious and
traditional myths associated with cancer, adding that such always
delay patient’s presentations at the hospital.

The President, Association of Radiologist, Jimoh Kamaldeen, solicited
for the support of men in the fight against breast cancer. Kamaldeen
advised men to support women financially, emotionally and
psychologically by encouraging them to go for breast cancer screening,
revealing that women established with breast cancer need financial,
emotional, psychological support mostly from government,
organisations, families and concerned citizen. In his words"most women
you see die because of lack of support that alone takes a toll on the
women folks than the disease itself. If we continue to do this, we
will be able to stem the tide,” he said.

Mercy David, a 34-year old cancer patient at the National Hospital,
said being a victim of breast cancer was not a death sentence for her,
noting that there is still hope for her to be healed and live a normal
“As many that are having this disease, don’t look down on yourself and
don’t say this sickness will kill me because it is the thinking and
stigma that kill faster.
“I encourage everyone going through this difficult time to believe in
themselves, the experts and medication,” she said.





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