How I beat breast cancer —Gov. Fashola’s wife

Posted by News Express | 27 November 2013 | 4,624 times

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dame Abimbola Fashola, has narrated how she escaped the dreaded breast cancer.

Speaking at a ceremony to flag off the first round of the Integrated Statewide Wellness Health Week, at Rauf Aregbesola Hospital in Mosan Okunola Local Council Development Area, Alimosho, Lagos, western Nigeria, Mrs. Fashola said consistent screening and early detection saved her from the killer disease.

In her words: “Early detection made me survive breast cancer. I was able to survive it through early detection and screening. This year alone, I know about six people that have died of breast cancer and it did not warn them.

“All of them died in the spate of one month. Only God knows what would have happened if I had not detected mine on time.”

The highlights of the programme was free health screening for diabetes, hypertension, prostate, cervix and breast cancers for residents of Alimosho.

Mrs. Fashola said the importance of the free health programme in all the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas cannot be overemphasised, given the fact that the diseases which she referred to as silent killers can be treated or managed successfully, if detected early.

“For years, we have witnessed on a regular basis and separate times awareness and screening programmes specifically for hypertension, diabetes, breast, cervical and prostate cancers.

“This new initiative tagged ‘Statewide Wellness Health Week,’ is a welcome idea that will integrate into one all screening and awareness of the five diseases for both men and women at the same time,” she stated.

The Lagos First Lady called on both men and women to take advantage of the unique opportunity the week-long integrated health screening offered. She urged residents to cultivate the habit of visiting primary health centres for their health needs.

“Please be aware that these diseases do not present any noticeable symptoms until at the late stages, then it will be too expensive to treat and manage and could lead to loss of life and bread winners,” she added.

•Excerpted from PM NEWS. Photo shows Dame Abimbola Fashola.

Source: News Express

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