By Elijah Ugani
The wife of the Cross River State Governor Dr. Linda Ayade has stated that early detection of cancer is very important in its elimination.
The First Lady who was represented by the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong made the assertion during the commemoration of the 2016 world cancer day held in Calabar.
In her words “We have over 100,000 reported cases of cancer across the country, we must create awareness, early detection and diagnosis is key to eliminating cancer”.
Ayade further stressed the likelihood of death caused by cancer in every 74 minutes, as such the need to collectively engage in the fight against cancer.
She said, “This awareness is a continuous process in our communities, churches, schools, offices and market places. I will champion this through my pet project, the Mediatrix Development Foundation”.
On her part, the Director-General Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Betta Edu thanked all collaborating partners and stating that “The State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has laid the foundation stone for the building of cancer center in the State, those detected to be cancer positive will get treatment, lets join hands and fight cancer out of Cross River State”.
Also speaking, the President Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Cross River Chapter, Dr. Nchiewe Elem thanked all those who participated maintaining that breast cancer is caused by hormonal imbalance and advised both men and women to from time to time examine their bodies for early detection.
She further added that the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) and Asi Ukpo Medical Center will be providing free cancer diagnostics and treatment this October.
The event also had a city-walk with the theme “Go Pink” which started at 11-11, through IBB, to Ndidem Usang Iso Road through Atekong Junction to Marian market terminating at Municipal Gardens.
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