An Abuja-based non governmental organisation, Gynae Care Research and Cancer Foundation, will be offering free cancer education, free cervical & breast cancer screening for over 200 women, and prostate cancer screening for 100 men, as part of its activities to commemorate the 2017 World Cancer Day.
The free screening exercise will take place Sat 11th February, 2017, between10 am – 6 pm at Suite 35B Silla Zeka Plaza, 29 Adebayo Adedeji Crescent, Behind Peace Mass Transit Plaza, Utako, Abuja.
The founder and executive director, Dr Uchenna Onwufor, said the exercise was in furtherance of its Cancer Prevention Campaign aimed at reducing the incidence of these preventable cancers through education, early detection and treatment.
He said “One hundred thousand new cases of cancers are diagnosed each year in Nigeria, with majority of the cases diagnosed in advanced stages. Majority of these cancers in women are cervical and breast cancers, and are essentially preventable. Cervical cancer is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and is vaccine preventable.”
According to Onwufor, the one week- long event which will commence on Mon 6th Feb will involve awareness creation in secondary schools about HPV, free Hepatitis screening in NYSC camp, climaxing in free screening for members of the public at the NGO’s headquarters on Sat 11th Feb.
Also, the chairman BOT, Gynae Care Research and Cancer Foundation, Chief (Dr) Darlington Agha, noted that the NGO is poised to take cancer awareness and screening to the nook and crannies of Nigeria to help protect vulnerable women.
He called on the federal government to encourage NGO’s to create awareness and offer free screening particularly for indigent citizens.