Consultant advised Nigerians not to believe religious and traditional myths associated with cancer
The Chief Medical Director of the National Hospital, Abuja, Jaf Momoh, on Tuesday advocated routine screening for breast cancer on women, saying that early detection guarantees 100 per cent cure.
Mr Momoh said this during the commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Day, organised by Breast Imaging Society of Nigeria (BISON), National Hospital branch in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Breast Cancer Awareness Month is marked in countries across the world every October, which helps to increase awareness and support for early detection and treatment, as well as palliative care of the disease.
The theme of the 2020 Breast Cancer Awareness day is “Go Pink Day, Save a breast, save a life’’.
The CMD explained that early detection of the diseases still remained the best way to control breast cancer, noting that if detected early, with adequate diagnosis and treatment, there was a good chance of being cured.
“This is a disease that we know that if diagnosed early is 100 per cent curable as currently there was no sufficient knowledge on the causes of the diseases.
“If you want to stem down these diseases as early as possible, routine screening is what we must encourage all women, whether young or old, to undertake.
“We will therefore encourage and support any department that comes up with a programme that is in the best interest of our patients,” he said.
The chief medical director encouraged BISON to continue in their effort in creating awareness to the public on breast cancer as well as their service to humanity.