The Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) 8 Division, Sokoto chapter has called on Women especially above 40 years to inculcate a habit of breast self examination and timely mammogram.
The call was made by the NAOWA chairperson Mrs Florence Godwin Mutkut, during a break cancer awareness campaign which took place yesterday 28 October 2023 at Giginya Cantonment, Sokoto in commemoration of the World Health Organization’s International Day against breast cancer which normally holds on 19th October annually.
Speaking during the exercise commenced with an awareness walk, the Chairperson NAOWA 8 Division Chapter Mrs Florence Godwin Mutkut stated that the campaign was organized inline with the set objectives of the NAOWA National Headquarters under the leadership of its President Mrs Mariya Abiodun Lagbaja.
She maintained that the campaign was organized with the aim of raising awareness on the dangers of breast cancer among participants.
The NAOWA Chairperson who was represented by wife of the Commander 8 Division Garrison Mrs Anne Omoh Tawasimi emphasized that this year’s campaign dwells on the importance of regular self-examination and timely mammograms as according to her, early detection increases treatment success rates.
She therefore thanked the General Officer Commanding 8 Division Maj Gen Godwin Mutkut who was the Special Guest of Honour of the programme for providing the necessary support that made the event a success.
The Global Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative is aimed at promoting education, early detection, and support systems.
It also focused on disseminating information about risk factors, symptoms, screening methods, and treatment options.
Some guest speakers who delivered lectures during the campaign underscored that breast cancer is not a death sentence and can be prevented through appropriate treatment, which hinges on early disease detection.
They recommended vaccination, self-breast examination, especially for people above 40 years, exercise, and a balanced diet are some of the measures to reduce the prevalence of breast cancer.