Abuja - A group of health professionals,
Globeathon, on Monday in Abuja pledged to offer free cervical cancer
screening to more than 300 women on Sept. 28.
Mr Duza Baba, Co-organiser, Globeathon Walk to End Women’s Cancer,
told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that medical professionals would
be at Millennium Park, Abuja, to give free consultative services to
He said that the group was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of
Health and Marie Stopes International, UK, to offer cervical cancer
screening and enlightenment.
According to him, if someone is screened and found to have the
disease, depending on the stage of the cancer, the patient may be given a
therapy or referred to a better hospital.
"The aim of the screening is to end women’s cancers which are below the belt. There are usually five below the belt cancers: ovarian, cervical, uterine, virginal and vulva cancers"
"The reasons we want to offer cervical cancer screening is because it is easy to carry out screening with mobile teams. We don’t know how many people will be there but we have resources
and time to screen up to 300 persons, if the numbers are there. "
"If people cannot get screened we will also provide information
about location where they can get screening services, but they may have
to pay, " he said.
Baba said the group and the ministry were determined to increase
cancer awareness and ensure that they provide enough information to the
public about cancer.
He said the health professionals that would be conducting the cancer
screening had been well trained to carry out the test and also to
educate the people about cancer.
NAN reports that the group also comprises volunteers and advocates within and outside the country.
Cervical cancer occurs most commonly in women more than 30 years of age.