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Betty Akeredolu seeks government’s, societal support for breast cancer patients

[FILE PHOTO] Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu

Wife of Ondo State governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu, has called on states, federal government and the society to stop the stigmatisation of breast cancer patients, but rather show them support.

Akeredolu, who is the founder of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), led a walk to create awareness of breast cancer among women in Lagos at the weekend. The rally, which kicked off at 8:00a.m. from Admiralty Roundabout, Lekki through Elegushi Palace, terminated at Leisure Sports Park at Ikate Elegushi.

Akeredolu said the rate of danger associated with breast cancer requires government and societal support for patients. “We must all join hands to wage war against the hegemony of cancer that kills over one million women in a year across the world. The stigma must also be looked into by government so that people could be courageous to come out for treatment.”

Akeredolu, who is a survivor, said “breast cancer is not a death sentence, it can be well managed if detected early. I was mocked by friends and associates when I removed my breast because of cancer but here I am today waxing stronger to the admiration of those mocking me then.”

She noted that many women had lost their lives due to unawareness of their body status, as early detection saves lives.

Akeredolu said it is illogical to regard breast cancer as spiritual attack, warning that the disease is one of the realities of the 21st century that must be confronted.

Lagos State coordinator of BRECAN, Mrs. Tovia Ojekere, urged women to always examine their breast few days after completion of their monthly menstrual period so as to prevent breast cancer.

The walk was graced by popular actress, Ngozi Nwosu, youths, women, school children among other participants. The walk was spiced with free health services such as blood pressure examination, cancer screening and HIV test.

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