Oncologist educates Bauchi women on breast cancer

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Bauchi.

A Surgical Oncologist, Dr Adamu Ningi, has educated women in Bauchi on measures to prevent breast cancer.

Ningi, who is also a General Surgeon at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, gave the advice on Sunday at a 2023 breast cancer workshop in Bauchi.

The awareness workshop and 5-kilometre walk were organised by BIK Foundation in collaboration with Alheri YS Foundation, VC Jones Care Foundation and AABA Life Foundation.

The 2023 Breast Cancer Awareness Day, has as its theme: “Let Hope Light the Way, Walk Against Breast Cancer’.

Ningi, while advising women to be generous with their breasts said, ” I advise my sisters to please breastfeed.

“The breast is not only for you, it is the only organ in your body that is for three people.

“It is for you, your child and for the man that is in your life.

“So, give the baby breast milk, give the man the chance to palpate the breast and feel if there is anything.

“These two people will help you to prevent breast cancer.

“Also, breastfeeding protects a woman from breast cancer.

“The more you breastfeed your baby, the better the protection and the longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection,” he said.

The doctor, who encouraged women to be married between the ages 24 and 25 years,  and start procreating, added that the last five months of pregnancy usually protect the breast from cancer.

Speaking at the end of the 5-kilometre awareness walk, Mr Ibrahim Kashim, the Secretary to the Bauchi State Government, said testing facilities had been made available for women to be screened for cancer.

Kashim, who is also the founder of BIK Foundation, said “It is important to start something positive even as we walk to create awareness, we should be doing something to assist people to know their status.

“I call on all the NGOs we are collaborating with to come up with some other activities within the year to reach out to communities and screen the people to make sure there is early detection of the disease for proper treatment.

“The Bauchi state government is doing everything in its power to collaborate with some NGOs in ensuring that there is continuous screening of people in their various communities across the state.”

Speaking on behalf of the foundations, Aisha Bappa from Alheri YS Foundation, commended the state government for supporting the annual advocacy programme.

She said that the exercise would go a long way in enlightening women in the state.

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