Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Friday charged Nigerian women to go for regular cancer screening to know their latest status and avert being killed by the life threatening ailment.
Ambode said this at the maiden scientific conference of the Lagos State branch of the Association of Female Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, at Alausa, Ikeja with the theme: ‘Cancer in the Life of a Woman not a Death Sentence (the Medical Laboratory Perspective).”
She said cancer screening was necessary for early detection in case of affliction, stressing that when detected early, it could be treated and cured like any other health condition.
“Truly, cancer in the life of anyone today is certainly not a death sentence. Through relentless advocacy, public education and mass enlightenment, we have come to know that early diagnoses means easier management of the condition and increased chanceas of survival.
“The message we are trying to pass therefore is that, people with the challenge should not be heart-broken or see it as the end of life. Normal happy life is possible with a cancer condition,” she said.
Ambode appealed that persons living with cancer should not be stigmatized, she showered encomiums on female laboratory scientists.