The District Chairman, Inner Wheel District 911, Mrs. Adegbemisola Rufai, has decried the high prevalence of breast cancer among women in the country. According to her, more needs to be done to sensitize women and girls on prevention and early detection in order to reduce the number of deaths associated with the disease.
Rufai said this during a fund raising and installation ceremony of new executive officers of the association in Lagos. The event was attended by the wife of a former Vice President of the country, Chief Titi Abubakar and the Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Chief Yetunde Onanuga.
Citing the World Health Organisation, Rufai said that the more than one million breast cancer cases in the country was unacceptable, adding that the new executive members would deploy traditional and non-traditional media to create awareness on the disease.
She said, “From the theme for this year which is Leave a Lasting Legacy, we intend to sensitize women about the prevention, early detection and management of breast cancer. We are seeking the support of humanitarians to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged members of the society.
“We also intend to facilitate empowerment training sessions for widows, youths and other vulnerable members of the society. With recent happenings especially kidnapping of schoolchildren, we are taking health talk to schools to teach pupils about safety.’’
The Guest Speaker, Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, called for cohesion of family units which he said would lead to peace in the country.