A gynecologist with the Bauchi State Specialists’ Hospital, Dr Habiba Ismail has on Saturday advised women to deploy self examination of their breast at least on monthly basis after menstruation as a way of preventing cancer.
Ismail who is also the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee [CMAC] of the hospital gave this advice while delivering a lecture at the flag off of breasts and cervical cancer screening for 100 women sponsored by the state chapter of the Federation Of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria [FOMWAN].
She stressed that regular breast examination could help women prevent cancer ‘because they will be able to identify changes on their breasts and get treated on time before the problem escalates’.
The expert said “some of the signs of breast cancer include; bloody milk, rashes, lump on breast, roughness, darkening of breast and lump under armpit.
I therefore urged you (women) to rush to hospital immediately for screening and treatment whenever you notice such changes”.
She pointing out that cancer could lead to amputation of breasts as well as affect their livers, intestines and brains if it is not cured.
“All women including those who menstruate and those who reached their menopause should examine their breasts regularly. They can do that by taking off their cloths in front of mirrors so that they check if there are changes on their breasts such as roughness, rashes or swelling”. She admonished.
The state Ameerah [Chairperson] of FOMWAN, Hajiya Yagana Muhammed Gidado who had earlier lamented that many women develop breast and cervical cancers without knowledge said, that informed the organization’s idea to sponsor the screening, adding that they have spoken with the wife of the Bauchi state governor, Hajiya Hadiza Abubakar who promised to support women in carrying out the exercise.