BRECAN rounded up #WorldCancerDay 2015 activities today (Feb. 11) at All Saints’ College Ibadan with a lecture titled “Promoting World Cancer Day in Nigerian Schools”. In attendance were students of the host school and St Catherine’s College Ibadan.
The lecture was delivered by Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, Founder/President, BRECAN. She informed the audience that #WorldCancerDay was an initiative of UICC, an international cancer organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland and since 2005, the organization had increasingly rallied the world to unite in the fight against cancer – raising awareness about cancer prevention, early detection and treatment on a global scale.
This year’s tagline “#Not beyond Us”, she continued, was instructive because we are saying that solutions exit and within our reach to defeat cancer. A good example is herself being a survivor of breast cancer for almost 18 years! She enjoined the students to see themselves as agents for change because “they have the power to impact on their parents and immediate families positively by passing on cancer information that could debunk myths and misconceptions about cancer and how it could be treated”.
Whereas some beliefs could hinder an individual from accessing health care timely, there were countless Nigerians who succumbed to the disease not out of ignorance but due to lack of funds for adequate treatment and care. She admonished the government for failing to formulate a robust cancer policy despite the alarming rate of cancer incidence in the country and warned that Nigeria would continue to lose her citizens in their prime if lack of right information on cancer and the prohibitive cost of treatment remained the order of the day.
She informed the students that cancer prevention could start with an individual’s effort such as not smoking, adopting exercise as a way of life and ensuring that Mom provided balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables at all meals.