Orode Jade Uduaghan, founder of the Pink Pearl Foundation (PPF) has for three years since the inception of PPF been encouraging Nigerian women to become intimate with their bodies so they can detect, early, breast and cervical cancer. On October 1st, 2010, Uduaghan and the PPF team continued their advocacy efforts with a one-day seminar on breast and cervical cancer held at at the Winners Chapel Asaba, Delta State.
“Cancer is a silent killer,” said Uduaghan to an audience full of women. “It has brought pain to so many families as they have lost their loved ones and people very dear to them,” explained Uduaghan who urged and reminded the attentive audience that early detection and regular check ups helps reduce the scourge.
She reminded the women that it was important to take the lecture seriously and make themselves available for the free breast screening.
The chief resource person for the seminar, Dr. Anne Ojimba, emphasized in her lecture said the only remedy in the fight against cancer is early detection. She gave major symptoms of cervical cancer as abnormal vaginal bleeding and discharge and symptoms of breast cancer as dimpling of the nipples, irregular swell, and a lump around the breast. However she noted that not all lumps are cancerous and women should make an effort to go check themselves if any of these symptoms are noticed.
Dr. Gloria Patrick Ferife in her talk asked women to undertake Pap smear examination to check for cervical cancer as well as mammogram screening to help detect breast cancer.
Another medical doctor, Yinka Ebikagboro, guided participants through a practical session of Breast Self Examination (BSE) and the high point of the seminar was the free breast screening where over one hundred women were screened: five were discovered with lumps and immediately advised on how to get help.