World Cancer Day: Foundation Advocates Breast Consciousness

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World Cancer Day: Foundation Advocates Breast Consciousness  

A non-governmental organization in Akwa Ibom State known as Only Believe Care Foundation has called for breast consciousness among women and men of all ages.

The Foundation made the call on the occasion of the World Breast Cancer Day when it embarked on an awareness campaign to Udung Uko, Oron, Mbo, Okobo and Urueffong-Oruko local Government Areas of the State on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th of October, 2021.

At the campaign, the progenitor of the Foundation, Deaconess Imaobong Andrew Essien noted that cancer is a disease which could lead to disastrous consequences if undetected early.

She recalled her experience as a victim of the disease and charged members of the public not to be taken unawares. “This Foundation came forth due to circumstances. I was diagnosed of cancer and I promised God to sensitize people about it if he allows me overcome. I decided to bring this campaign here because those in the rural areas do not have much information about this disease and are more prone to being infected due to ignorance”, she explained.

Mrs. Essien therefore charged women on being conscious of their health and vigilant of changes in their breasts; while calling on public-spirited individuals and organizations to support their course which she said involves periodic visits to secondary schools and markets to preach the message against cancer.

Also speaking, the Wife of Chairman, Udung Uko Local Government Area, Mrs. Atanang Osung harped on the danger in hiding the disease and living in self-denial. “Anyone who knows that they have breast cancer should go to the Health Centre or call the Foundation because Cancer cannot be hidden. It will surely expose you one day”, she said.

Among the volunteers for the awareness against cancer was the immediate past Vice Chairman of Uyo Local Government Area, Ukai Udeme Emmanuel who followed the team from Uyo, the State capital to the Local Government Areas visited.

Ukai expressed that he was passionate about serving humanity hence, his resolve to join the campaign.

“Anytime I see an NGO that undertakes a cause which benefits the common people, I like to associate with them. As we are campaigning, the awareness touches those at the grassroots and brings them in touch with relevant realities.  

I have a wife, female children and sisters around me who need to be informed of this illness. And we have today, been informed that breast cancer also affects men so, it is a cause everyone should promote”, he maintained.

The two day campaign which featured visits to cancer patients in selects Hospitals and the presentation of monies to support their chemotherapies, had the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Akwa Ibom State chapter in the “Walk the Walk” rally.

The Only Believe Care Foundation has no political attachment but is strictly an affair borne out of the need to help humanity and the society.