By Peter Okolie
Onitsha (Anambra) – A non-governmental organisation, the Onyebuchi Chris Ifediora (OCI) Foundation, has called on Nigerians to regulary undergo cancer test to ensure early detection and treatment of the disease.
Ifediora further advocated the need for Nigerians to arm themselves with requisite knowledge on cancer prevention
“Those affected include our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children, aunties, uncles, friends, colleagues and employees.
“The impacts are, therefore, devastating for everyone. As such, we urge Nigerians to be aware of these cancers and get appropriately armed against them,” he stated.
Ifediora also stated that prevention and early detection remained the most effective strategies for beating cancers.
“No matter the nature of cancer, including those that affect the breasts, cervix, bowel, ovaries, skin, blood and prostate, if you detect it early, it could be managed or treated.”
“Together, we can win this fight. With the right information, we have a chance to emerge victorious in this fight,” he stated.
The foundation president further stated that the organisation was in the vanguard of the fight against breast and cervical cancers, through its programme, called “Arm Our Youths (ArOY) Health Campaign”.
“The ArOY Campaign aims to integrate anti-breast and anti-cervical cancer teachings into the regular curriculum of all senior secondary schools in Nigeria.
The president solicited the support and partnership of the federal and state governments in its health promotion activities targetted at empowering the youths in the fight against breast and cervical cancers.