- October 18, 2017
- Posted by: Godwin Elijah
- Category: Akwa Ibom
As the world observes the international breast cancer awareness this month, otherwise known as pink October, people have been urged to collectively raise awareness on the disease and also ensure regular breast checks and examinations for early detection of abnormalities.
A cardiologist at the University of Uyo teaching Hospital, Doctor Udeme Umanah, who gave the charge when she spoke with planet news said Breast cancer, which is the uncontrollable growth in breast cells, commonly affects women and is usually caused by high fats, exposure to estrogen, late menopause and age amongst others adding that symptoms of the disease include Pains and redness of the breast.
While restating that self-examination of the breast is a primary modality for detecting the cancer, the cardiologist stressed that some of the ways to treat the disease includes Surgery and chemotherapy and harped on the need to maintain a healthy diet, limit alcohol intake, avoid smoking and appealed to people to take advantage of breast examination carried out by different non-governmental organizations as part of activities to mark the pink October.
Our correspondent Jane Uwa who sampled the opinions of some residents in Uyo on their level of awareness on Breast cancer, reports that most of the people were conscious of the disease and the need for self-examination.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charity organisations every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.