OLAM COCOA CSR ORGANIZED BREAST CANCER SCREENING AT THEIR ANNUAL FARMERS FAIR, AKURE CONDUCTED BY MONITOR HEALTHCARE LTD.
On the 12th November 2019 Olam Cocoa CSR organized an annual program for their farmers tagged “Farmers Fair” it attracted more than 400 people; women, men and youths. The venue was staffed by Olam cocoa staff, cocoa farmers, Medical Doctors, Registered Nurses and other healthcare practitioners.
The Monitor Healthcare Ltd (MHL) teams led by the CEO, Dr Femi Ogunremi alongside their volunteers were available to offer interactive sessions creating awareness, register people, screen individuals, answer questions to ensure understanding of the screening exercise and cancer prevention advice and to teach them on how to self-check their breast. The women were screened for breast cancer using BREAST-i device.
The BREAST-i device is a non-diagnostic, easy to use screening device used to detect breast cancer lesion. Unlike a mammogram, there is no tissue compression. 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. This greatly increases the chances of a cure. The light used in BREAST-i is a red light and the frequency is not harmful to the body.
Among the 320 women recorded to be screened, a total number of 15 were scanned positive out of which 11 positives in Clinical Breast Illumination (CBI) using the BREAST-i device and 7 was positive to the Clinical Breast Examination (CBE) and were referred for further investigations, for adequate support.
The outcome of this outreach shows the need for awareness of Early Screening because it is an important way of reducing the risk of cancer and mortality rate. We will also be following-up on the patients to ensure a concluded positive impact of the program.