The National President of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), Tolu Taiwo, has drawn attention to the harrowing consequences of late breast cancer detection, emphasizing that it continues to claim the lives of Nigerian women. Speaking during a Breast Cancer Sensitization program in Ibadan, Taiwo underscored the alarming rise in breast cancer cases, even affecting individuals in their 20s.
The gravity of this issue has prompted annual campaigns like “Jog for Life” and various outreach efforts to engage with market women, Primary Healthcare Centers, and schools, aiming to promote early detection and awareness.
Taiwo highlighted a concerning trend, “Now we have teenagers with lumps in their breasts, unlike before. Our message now is that if you detect anything early, you cry out early. And when you treat early, you will definitely be fine.”
One of the main challenges cited is the reluctance of Nigerians to perform self-breast examinations and undergo medical check-ups, resulting in late-stage cancer diagnoses that could have been prevented.
Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, founder of BRECAN and wife of the Ondo State Government, emphasized that cancer is no longer a death sentence. She urged individuals to prioritize healthcare over religious beliefs and promptly seek medical attention upon noticing any unusual symptoms.
Oyo State NYSC Coordinator, Odoba Oche,, stressed the importance of early detection, with prevention remaining the most effective strategy against breast cancer.
Josephine Onitshabo, the lead jogger for the 2023 Jog for Life, highlighted the need for accurate information about breast cancer. She encouraged women to overcome the fear of stigmatization and urged them to undergo regular breast self-examinations and seek medical assistance without delay.