Since its emergence in 2007, Pink Pearl Foundation has shown its dedication, determination, and assertiveness in eradicating Breast and Cervical Cancer in Nigeria, creating awareness in several states in Nigeria, launching over 40 programs to support the cause against the dreadful disease, now she has taken this movement a notch higher, crossing borders, taking breast and cervical cancer awareness and screening to neighboring country; Cameroon.
In the spirit of enlightening and empowering the less fortunate African women, marking their National Women’s Day in Cameroon, Dr. Lydia Fondufe of the North-west province; Kumbo, invited Pink Pearl Foundation to partner and provide free lecture and screening on breast and cervical cancer to the women of the city. The event took place between the 6th and 8th March, 2013 at the ministry of health, sub-divisional hospital, Kumbo, Cameroon. The PPF team, headed by its founder, Mrs Orode Ryan-Okpu and senior partner, Mr. Onye Ubanatu, were joined by medical partners from Diamond Helix Hospital; Dr. Ufuoma Okotete and Dr. Vivian Mbaba.
The event kicked off with lectures from Dr. Ufuoma on the essence of early detection for symptoms. Mrs. Orode lent her voice in saying ‘those already with the disease shouldn’t be stigmatized, rather they should be cared for and loved, all they need is hope’. The women were taken through a session Breast Self-Examination (BSE) with emphasis on the need for regular mammography tests and checkups. The attendees were given a chance to ask questions, to which Dr. Ufuoma and Vivian satisfyingly answered.
A free breast and cervical cancer screening later followed after the training session. Of the 175 women screened, 16 were found to have lumps/mass tissues in their breast while 67 were diagnosed with cervicitis, discolorations or discharges.
The closing statement was given by Mr. Onye Ubanatu; he urged the women to spread the word to other women who weren’t able to attend the event, also thanking them for coming. The women equally thanked the team for enlightening and broadening their minds to the scope of breast and cervical cancer.
Pink Pearl Foundation is a rapidly growing force against cancer, and it shows its determination in reducing rising mortality rate which cancer causes in Africa with each passing day. The foundation continues to save lives and give hope where needed.