Mrs Noimot Salako – Oyedele, Ogun Deputy Governor, on Tuesday, said that early diagnosis of cancer for adequate treatment would save more lives.
Salako – Oyedele stated this during the flag off ceremony of World Cancer Day 2020, held at the State Hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta.
The deputy governor noted that early diagnosis of cancer meant that a patient would survive the cancer and live for many more years.
She added that the aim of the world cancer day was to reduce the incidences of cancer in the community and society if not totally eradicated.
“It can happen to any of us, we should start looking for early diagnosis of the disease. We must always examine ourselves.
“Cancer is not a curse, you are not getting cancer because you have sinned, you can get cancer even if you are the most holy person ,” he said.
The deputy governor opined that Gov. Dapo Abiodun remained passionate about the well-being of the people.
She added that the governor had put in place aggressive health agenda for the state right from primary health care facilities to tertiary healthcare facilities in ensuring that people got the best possible health care.
In her remark, Dr. Tomi Coker, Commissioner for Health, noted that ,from statistics , one in four adults would end up with the diagnosis of cancer in a life time.
She noted that the cancer screening was extremely important, saying that everyone should be self examined.
” 54 per cent of cancers are caused by breast cancer, cervical cancer and prostate cancer, and that is why in Ogun State, we have actually taken the time out through the support of Gov. Abiodun to actually provide free cancer screening.
“This campaign is about creating a society that is cancer free ,” she said.