On October 1, 2010, it was another day to drive home the message for women to take their health seriously. This was courtesy of the one-day seminar on breast and cervical cancer organized by the Pink Pearl Foundation (PPF) at the Winners Chapel Asaba, Delta State.
Addressing the women, the founder of PPF, Orode Jade Uduaghan, said the seminar was organised to help women master their bodies. “Cancer is a silent killer,” she said. “It has brought pain to so many families as they have lost their loved ones and people very dear to them,” reminding the audience that early detection and regular check ups would help reduce the scourge.
She reminded the women that it was important to take the lecture seriously and make themselves available for the free breast screening.
The chief resource person for the seminar, Dr. Anne Ojimba, emphasized in her lecture said the only remedy in the fight against cancer is early detection. She gave major symptoms of cervical cancer as abnormal vaginal bleeding and discharge and symptoms of breast cancer as dimpling of the nipples, irregular swell, and a lump around the breast. However she noted that not all lumps are cancerous and women should make an effort to go check themselves if any of these symptoms are noticed.
Dr. Gloria Patrick Ferife in her talk asked women to undertake Pap smear examination to check for cervical cancer as well as mammogram screening to help detect breast cancer.
Another medical doctor, Yinka Ebikagboro, guided participants through a practical session of Breast Self Examination (BSE) and the high point of the seminar was the free breast screening where over one hundred women were screened: five were discovered with lumps and immediately advised on how to get help.
Present at the occasion were the wife of the Executive Governor of Delta State, Mrs. Roli Sheila Uduaghan and other government personnel.