Regular breast examination is important –Oncologist

Regular breast examination is important –Oncologist

Motunrayo Joel

A Consultant Oncologist and Radiotherapist, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Anthonia Sowunmi, has said breast cancer is on the increase because people neglect breast examination.

She said about 70 per cent of persons with breast cancer only visit the hospital when their case has already reached the advanced stage.

Sowunmi made this known at a donation of drugs and other materials to cancer patients, organised by the Built for God Foundation, in partnership with the D-Mastectomy Incorporated, Canada, recently.

“At the Department of Oncology, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, we see at least 10 new cases of breast cancer.

“You can imagine this is only at our centre. I believe with better awareness and campaigns in favour of breast examination, people will be better sensitised,” she said.

Also speaking, the founder, B4G Foundation, Mr. Bosun Rufai, identified counselling as an integral part of cancer treatment.

Rufai, a cancer survivor, advised people to always go for routine check-ups, which he said would lead to early detection and treatment before the disease reaches an advanced stage.

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