Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dame Abimbola Fashola, has said early detection saved her from killer breast cancer, urging women to take advantage of the ongoing cancer screening in the state to know their status.
Fashola said this 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 of the state.
She said consistent screening and early detection saved her from the killer disease.
According to her, “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.”
She explained that the importance of the free health programme in all the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas cannot be under estimated, 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.
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.