By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Nongovernmental Organization, Women4Women, has said creating awareness on breast cancer among women living with disability in the state will go a long way to curtailed the menace.
Founder of the NGO, Hajiya Maryam Abubakar, disclosed during a sensitization campaign at the destitute facility located at Kano Road, with medical personnel and other health volunteers.
She explained that the female destitute residing at the facility are not really aware of what breast cancer is all about, hence, they needed to be educated on the symptoms and preventive measures.
According to her, breast cancer is the most common cancer invasive in women, and the second main causes of death in women, after lung cancer, adding that citizens must join hands to raise awareness to these category of women in view of their health challenges.
“We came to meet with women in the facility, to raise awareness on symptoms of breast cancer and the need for screening as some of the effective ways to reduce it risks among women.”
The Founder of W4W explained further that the treatment for breast cancer depends on the type, stage of the cancer, sensitivity to hormones, the patient’s age, overall health, and preferences.
Hajiya Abubakar added that some of the ways women could prevent breast cancer is to avoid excess alcoholic intake and getting enough exercise.
A participant at the event, Maryam Musa, expressed satisfaction and commended organizers of the programme.
She said that no one has ever come to the Destitute facility to talk to them on breast cancer, and the women were desperate to be educated on same to protect their lives.
Responding, Mallam Samaila Abdullahi, an executive of the Kaduna State Association of Persons Living With Disability, (PLWD) said they were grateful for the campaign, and hope that the state Ministry of Health, NGOs, CSOs, UNICEF and other humanitarian organizations would also follow suit.