By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
A medical expert, Dr. Olaniyi has urged people living with breast cancer never to see it as a death sentence once it is discovered early enough.
He made the assertion during this year’s World Cancer Survival Month organised by the Breast Cancer Association Of Nigeria (BRECAN) in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Saturday.
Dr Olaniyi mentioned that over 7.8 million women all over the world are living with breast cancer and still living their normal lives since they go for medical check up frequently
He stressed further that the much ado over palpable death that could come from cancer can be prevented through vaccination if reported early which he later advised parents over their girl – child from 14- 18 years to go for vaccination so as to prevent and save them against any odds of breast cancer.
He said: “I want to use this medium to say that breast cancer can be cured and it shouldn’t be seen as a death sentence. Once it is discovered early, then it requires vaccination and frequent checkup.
“I also want to say that, people living with it should not be stigmatized as long as those living with malaria fever that kills faster are not stigmatized.”
He, therefore, urged women to desist from smoking cigarettes, taking excessive alcohol and be involved in much relaxation and prolong breastfeeding of their babies
Meanwhile, an 8-year survivor of breast cancer, Mrs. Osho gave her testimony on early discovery which saved her from unnecessary agony and stress.
Another 3 years survivor, Mrs. Ijalade said that, she is enjoying her life like normal.
June every year has been set aside to celebrate the survivors of breast cancer across the world.
Accolades were showered on the wife of the Ondo State governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu for the initiatives put together to assist those affected with breast cancer on the platform of BRECAN, established in 1997, through which many lives have been saved.