MONITOR HEALTHCARE LTD IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OLAM AT ILLESHA, OSUN STATE FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES AGAINST THE DISEASE IN NOVEMBER 2019.
Monitor healthcare Ltd in partnership with Olam on the 25th of November at Ilesha, Osun state to organize a program aimed at creating awareness to the society about Breast cancers as part of taking care of hir farmers. This event was organized to enlighten the cocoa farmers in the rural area about breast cancer which they have little or no idea about what it is, the risk factors of this deadly disease and preventive measures.
It attracted over 300 farmers, both men and women. Also in attendance, we had Monitor healthcare ltd team, Registered nurses, volunteers from Monitor Healthcare Ltd and Staff of Olam. The Monitor Healthcare Ltd (MHL) team was led by the CEO of the organization, Dr Femi Ogunremi. Dr Femi Ogunremi gave a brief lecture on Breast Cancer, its signs, symptoms, preventive measures and how to effectively follow up in the case of a lump or presence of cancerous cells in the breast and also emphasized on the importance and key role that early detection plays in helping a breast cancer victim and how the device Breast-i is used.
The MHL team and volunteers also offered interactive sessions creating awareness, registration and screening of individuals, answered questions and also teach them how to self-check their breast. The women were screened for breast cancer using the Breast-i device. Unlike a mammogram, there is no tissue compression and due to the light technology used in the creation of this screening device, it can detect changes in the cells of the breast long before you can feel anything which greatly increases the chances of a cure.
Among the 185 women recorded to be screened, some people were scanned positive in the Clinical Breast Illumination (CBI) using the Breast-i device and also scanned positive to the Clinical Breast Examination (CBE) and were all referred for further investigations. The outcome of this outreach shows the need for early detection and awareness; this increases the chances of a victim to become a survivor, also the chances of getting treatment early to reduce death or mortality rate.