Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria(BRECAN ), a non-governmental organisation, was borne out of the experience of Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, Ondo State First Lady, a breast cancer survivor, who rather than keep what she knows about the dreaded disease to herself after fighting and defeating it, decided to raise nationwide awareness about it and to also provide support for it's paitents with a view to minimising the disease in the country.
This year’s National Cancer Survivor’s Day celebration held in Akure on June 8, provided a veritable opportunity for some of them to tell their stories again.
The survivors, who converged on BRECAN’s office during a media chat to commemorate the 2020 National Cancer Survivors’ Day, praised Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, founder of BRECAN and First Lady of Ondo State, for the initiative. Mrs Funmilayo Oluwagbamila, a breast cancer survivor, who also doubles as the state Coordinator of Team Survivor of Nigeria (TSN), an affiliate of BRECAN, said the initiative had changed the hitherto negative narratives about breast cancer in great measures
In his remarks, Dr Johnson Olaniyi, the Vice Chairman of BRECAN Ondo State chapter, said that BRECAN is a non-profit making organisation established by Mrs Akeredolu to eliminate breast cancer in the country through advocacy, awareness and sensitisation programmes.
Similarly, Dr Emmanuel Onyema, the Secretary of BRECAN in Ondo State, appreciated BRECAN’s founder, saying that some people initially thought cancer had no treatment. Onyema said the essence of the celebration was to continue to create awareness that breast cancer was not tantamount to death and that there was life after its treatment.
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