Women call for more awareness at rural communities as World observes Breast Cancer Awareness month

As the world observes the international breast cancer awareness month, otherwise known as pink October, people have been urged to collectively raise awareness on the disease and also encourage 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 advice when she spoke with planet news said Breast cancer, which is the uncontrollable growth in breast cells, commonly affects women and the risk factors include, family history, high fats in the body and late menopause amongst others adding that symptoms of the disease include Pains and redness of the breast.

While restating that monthly 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.

Our correspondent Jane Uwa reports that Doctor Umanah who further stressed the need for people to maintain a healthy diet, also appealed to them to take advantage of the free breast examinations carried out by different non-governmental organizations as part of activities to mark the pink October.

Meanwhile, a cross section of women in Uyo have stressed the need for more awareness in rural communities on the scourge of breast cancer.

Speaking with PLANET NEWS, the women who decried low awareness level on the campaign against breast cancer, observed that government, NGOs and the media should make more effort to reach out to rural women on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

The women further recounted their personal experiences on general checks and prevention of the scourge.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charity organizations every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

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