The wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has again stressed the need for girls to be knowledgeable about breast and cervical cancers, as more women fall victim to the disease and die needlessly.
Mrs Akeredolu gave the charge while taking BEMORE girls at the Owerri camp through a health session where she explained the two most prevalent cancers – breast and cervical, stressing that awareness is central to its prevention and survival.
While also underscoring the essence of breast self-examination, Mrs Akeredolu identified some of the signs and symptoms of the diseases to include the presence of a lump, discolouration of the skin of the breast, reddish discharge from the nipple painful breast, and reddish discharge from vagina among others just as she urged the girls to take the message home to their respective communities and families most especially to their mothers that breast cancer is no longer a death sentence.
She also used the opportunity to charge the girls to live for themselves first in terms of their health care other than for others, as many women have died because they chose not to remove their diseased breasts because of fear.
On cervical cancer, Mrs Akeredolu said it is also prevalent and that being a woman generally predisposes to cancer, so early detection saves life as cancer naturally progresses with time, thereby leading to deaths.
Also sharing perspective from the clinical aspect, Dr Emmanuel Onyema, who noted that cancer is a monster, explored factors that increase an individual’s risk while stressing that no one knows the actual cause of cancer.
While also charging the girls to be agents of change, he tasked them to replicate the knowledge they have learnt in their respective homes.
Menstrual session on symptoms of menstruation and changes in the female body was later handled by Victoria Odeh, the 2018 Bemore valedictorian and Ngozi Igbo-Okoro, Special Assistant on Gender, Research and Documentation, who took time to explain the menstrual cycle as an endless process in the body of a woman until fertilisation takes place and another session on Menstrual Hygiene by Jegede Marvellous who underscored the importance of maintaining high-level hygiene with the use of sanitary pad and change of pads at least every 6hours.
Story Credit: Tobiloba Fademi-Senior Special Assistant on Media (WoG)