To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month referred to as Pink October, Rotary Club and Dara Foundation organized a breast screening program for women on the 5th November, 2022 at Destiny Children School, Ojodu Berger. Monitor Healthcare Ltd conducted a clinical breast examination with Breast-I device to detect cancerous lumps.
The Chairlady, Mrs Imeh Okon welcomed everyone with an opening speech, she enlightened them on the purpose of the program as it has been on-going since Thursday. She further stated that there was a high incidence of breast cancer in Nigeria and studies had shown that the majority of Nigerian women, both in rural and urban areas, possess little or no knowledge about risk factors and symptoms of the disease.
Monitor Healthcare Ltd staff spoke to the congregation by saying “Some people don’t notice any sign of breast cancer at all, that is why screening and self-breast examination is so important. We will be doing a clinical breast examination, as well as using a high-tech handheld device to detect the early stages of cancer.
She listed some of the early signs of breast cancer as “a change in the size, shape or contour of the breast, a mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea, a lump or thickening in or near your breast or in your underarm that persists through your menstrual cycle, a change in the look or feel of your skin on your breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly or inflamed), redness of your skin on your breast or nipple, an area that’s distinctly different from any other area on either breast, a marble-like hardened area under your skin, a blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from your nipple.” The program was impactful as we screened quite a number of women and thousands of people were aware on the importance of early detection and self-breast examination