BRECAN kicked off 2014 World Cancer Day on Feb. 1 with Jog for Life in partnership with the Inspiration Centre of the Redeemed Christian Church Ejigbo, Lagos State. BRECAN is highly encouraged by this initiative by the Pastor incharge ., Pastor Joseph Adebamowo for caring for the well being of his congregation especially the women. His amiable wife Deaconess Peju Adebamowo was the Lead Jogger . Breast Health Awareness talk was led by Mrs Oladiran, a public health officer from University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan. All participants, men and women were taught how to do Breast Self Examination,a veritable entry point in becoming breast aware. Living a healthy life style such as eating a balanced diet and daily 20 minutes exercise were empasised as ways of preventing cancer. This partnership with a church, without doubt, a strong affirmation that faith and medicine can go hand in hand. It is worthy of emulation and we are hoping that other churches will borrow a leaf from Redeemed Church Ejigbo.
On the D-day Feb. 4, All Saint’s College Ibadan hosted the event with some students of Lead City High, Jericho, Ibadan in attendance where Dr Mutiu Jimoh of the Department of Radiotherapy, University College Hospital, Ibadan gave lecture on cancer awareness, prevention and treatment. The theme of this year’s World Cancer day is “Debunk the Myths”. The Founder/President of BRECAN, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu in her remarks stressed the need to talk about cancer to reduce the fear of dying notoriously associated with the disease. She noted that while cancer can be a difficult topic to address particularly in some cultures and settings including Nigeria, dealing with the disease openly can improve outcomes at individual, community and policy level. She was also a guest at the Splash FM 105.5 live interview where she reiterated the need to continuously talk about cancer to pave the way for increased level of awareness that would empower individuals to make informed decisions. Thereafter she joined the First Lady of Oyo State, Mrs Florence Ajimobi to witness the distribution of free Breast Self Examination kits to market women at the Bola Ige International market, Ibadan