CADEC, NMWA take Cancer Awareness To Creek road Market …warn against self-medication

By Lorine Emenike In commemoration of the 2018 World Cancer Day, Care Development Center, a health base non- governmental organization in partnersh

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By Lorine Emenike

In commemoration of the 2018 World Cancer Day, Care Development Center, a health base non- governmental organization in partnership with the Nigeria Medical Women Association organized a one day cancer awareness and sensitization rally at the Creek Road Market in Port Harcourt.

In an interview with National Point’s Health correspondent, Mrs Rhoda Omoele the executive director of Care Development Center said this year’s rally by CADEC was sponsored by Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO).

She explained that Creek Road Market was chosen for this year’s rally because the health team have a place where they can reach out to persons of different class as well as the traders to create a massive awareness and sensitization on cancer.

Mrs. Omoele said apart from the teeth, nail and hair, cancer can affect any part of the body regardless of age as it attacks both young and old and has no class or gender bias.

She listed things that can trigger cancer apart from family history (hereditary ) to include lifestyle, for example, smoking, drinking of alcohol, canned food(due to certain chemicals used in preserving the food), processed food, some bathing soap and body cream due to the chemicals used in their production and toxic environment, adding that sedentary lifestyle without proper workout can also trigger cancer.

According to her, cancer can be prevented. She advised women to present themselves for perm smear, a vaccine against cervical cancer and warned against self- medication and treatment outside an approved hospital.

The anti-cancer advocate said apart from the teeth, nail and hair, cancer can affect any part of the body.

To check for breast cancer, Mrs. Omoele advised:
“Mentally divide your breast into four parts while placing the right hand behind the back of your head, place the four tall fingers on one of the four divide of your left breast and massage to feel for seed or lump.

“Repeat same exercise on the remaining three parts . When done, repeat same exercise on the left breast.”

She said this exercise should be done on the fifth day of your menstrual cycle or the last day.

Another way to check for breast cancer she said, is to press the breast nipples to check for a pinkish like fluid(which is a danger sign), while the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer are bleeding from the virgina with a very offensive odour.

Mrs. Omoele explained that, “cervical cancer can be treated and cured if only the infected persons will present themselves early for treatment “.

She said cervical cancer is caused as a result of an infectious disease called human papiloma virus. When a man has HPV (as a result of untreated or incompletely treated sexually transmitted disease) and has sexual contact with a woman, the woman will get cervical cancer from the act, she explained.

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