The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has recommended population-based screening for breast cancer.
Mrs Akeredolu made the recommendation at the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo State, where she was the Distinguished Guest Lecturer.
Experts concluded that regular screening and early detection are the best means of stopping the spread of the disease.
World Health Organisation’s statistics, says that over 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer annually.
About 80 thousand people die from the disease, averaging 240 Nigerians every day or 10 every hour.
Even in countries with efficient health systems and services, many cancer cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat
Wife of Ondo State Governor, Betty Anyamwu-Akeredolu, is a survivor of breast cancer.
Mrs Akeredolu stressed the need for women to be observant with their bodies, without hesitating to go for regular medical checkup.
She said there is the need to adopt a holistic approach from cancer detection to treatment, in order to get positive results.
She added that majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer do not survive, because their cases are detected too late.
Vice Chancellor of the University, said the lecture is apt, because of the need to detect breast cancer at early stage.
This is the seventh in the series of lectures to be organised by the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo.