A Lagos-based NGO, Female Care Foundation, on Tuesday, conducted breast cancer screening on more than 100 women in Ita-Oluwo, Ogijo community in Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
Dr Aina Onigolu, a Consultant Gyneacologist and Executive Director of the organisation, said 11 women were confirmed to have breast abnormalities.
She said “we are conducting free breast cancer screening and so far, we have detected 11 women with breast abnormalities which may be cancerous if not checked.
“The women will be referred to the General Hospital and will be assisted financially.’’
Onigolu said that the NGO would not only screen, but would also ensure that those confirmed to have breast cancer were treated and their bills paid by the organisation.
She urged women to go for screening yearly for early detection of breast cancer, stressing that “the cause of breast cancer is unknown, but there are so many things that can cause it.
“For women with breast cancer to be alive, screening and early detection are important.
“With early detection and treatment, most women will continue to live their normal lives.”
She said the screening was also aimed at bringing information about cancer to the grassroots.
Mr Adams Taiwo, an Oncologist, told the women to do self-breast examination.
He said “you can check your breast after your menstrual period; if any unusual lumps are found, please report to the nearest general hospital for proper examination.”
One of the women leaders in the community, Mrs Mary Araromi, thanked the organisation for the screening.
The screening by the NGO was the first of its kind in the community.