Abuja -The Medical Women Association of Nigeria has called for the establishment of cancer diagnostic and treatment centres in the six geopolitical zones in the country.
The National President of the association, Dr Valentine Obot, who made the appeal in Uyo, said, “We are calling on government to consider establishment of cancer diagnostic and treatment centers in the 6 geopolitical zones in the country, such centers should be beefed with functional and color jigging.”
The association also recommended that nurses and other middle cadre health workers including community health extension workers be taught about the current methods of early detection and screening for death in cervical cancers, indulge in the use of inexpensive methods such as visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acids and logos in iodine in screening women as part of an integrated prevention strategy.
The medical women strongly advocated cervical cancer prevention guidelines for the country and inclusion of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine as part of the national program on immunization.
The group reminded women that breast cancer was preventable through weight management, reduction in the intake of fatty foods, alcohol, and tobacco as well as exercising regularly.
“Women should to undertake monthly breast self-examination, doctor’s examination, breast scan and mammography for early breast cancer detection and prevention,” said Obot.
She appealed to mothers to give their daughters adequate sexual counseling to avoid early initiation to sex and thus reduce the risk of cervical cancer and to undergo cervical screening.
More than 9 600 die from this type of cancer in Nigeria every year
– CAJ News