Incorporate Breast,Cervical Cancer Screening into Healthcare Programme,Group Urges LASG

Monday, September 23, 2019

Lagos – An NGO, Sebeccly Cancer Care, has urged the Lagos State Government to incorporate breast and cervical cancer screening into its Maternal and Primary Healthcare programme.
Dr Okeke Awela, the care Team Lead, made the call on the sidelines of a training for primary healthcare medical personnel in Lagos.
Awela said research had found cancer to be the second most common cause of death globally in 2017
According to her, early detection and treatment of cervical cancer will increase the numbers of survivors.
She said it was imperative for government to introduce initiatives that would address cancer care, adding that many women visit Primary Healthcare Centres for child birth, family planning, immunisation and other healthcare.
Sebeccly Cancer Care, in partnership with the Lagos State Government and Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation, will hold the ‘TimeToScreen’ for 7,000 women.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that TimeToScreen, is an initiative launched in October 2017 by Sebeccly Cancer Care to provide free breast and cervical screening and treatment of cervical abnormalities in women.
Okeke said that Sebeccly was passionate about reducing the burden of cancer and increasing the number of survivors in Nigeria.
She said that the organisation was doing this through cancer education, patient empowerment programmes, prevention/screening, treatment support, and rehabilitation services.
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