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World Cancer Day : “Women, Check Your Breasts Regularly”- Anambra Commissioner

Commissioner Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche

As the global community commemorates World Cancer Day today, the Anambra State Commissioner for Special Duties, Honourable Beverly Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche says regular breast self-examination remains the fastest, most critical and practical step needed to end the scourge.

In a statement released in Awka to mark the day, Honourable Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche said that the day was set aside to raise awareness on the need to take action against all forms of cancer such as breast, prostrate, cervical, lung, liver, brain, blood and ovarian cancer.

The Special Duties Commissioner, highlighted the importance of annual medical check-up or bi-annual medical check-up if there is a history of cancer in one’s family and re-emphasized the need for regular self-examination.

The Commissioner, called on women who are mostly affected by breast and cervical cancer to immediately report any lump in their breast to a medical doctor once they are noticed or visit the nearest hospital to get tested and treated and commended the Anambra State Government through the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization, the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the wife of the Governor, Mrs Nonye Soludo for their partnership in making sure that human papillomavirus, HPV, vaccine arrives the State soon which she said is a critical game changer in the fight against cervical cancer in women and girls.

She noted that this effort, which has already seen over five thousand Anambra women get tested for cervical cancer at no cost in the state, is in line with the global demand for leaders to prioritize and invest in cancer prevention and care and to do more to achieve a cancer-free world.

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