By Anthony Okafor
In furtherance to plans geared toward eliminating Breast Cancer in Nigeria, Total Upstream, along with its Joint Ventures partners, Petrobras, Sapetro and CNOOC, have disclosed plans to build mammography centres in Zamfara, Bayelsa, Anambra and Imo States.
Speaking during the official launch of the 2019 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign in Lagos State, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, Mr. Nicolas Terraz said: “As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility commitment to defeat breast cancer, NNPC/NAPIMS, Total and partners are not only raising breast cancer awareness, but we have built mammography centres.
“The centres are at the final stages of installation of the required mammography systems at the General Hospital Gbagada and General Hospital Isolo, Lagos State.
“We believe that these will provide easily available and highly subsidized mammography services with image-guided breast lump biopsy capability to the women in Lagos State. We are implementing similar projects in other states of the federation namely Zamfara, Bayelsa, Anambra and Imo.
“It is our hope that by bringing diagnostic facilities nearer to them. Nigerian women would be saved from the danger of living with undetected breast lumps or undiagnosed breast cancer.
“Breast cancer is the commonest occurring cancer among women and is the second most common cancer in humans.
“The incidence of Breast Cancer is increasing in developing countries, where the majority of cases are diagnosed at a late stage. This is the sad situation in Nigeria. The World Health Organisation (WHO), states that in 2018, over two million new cases were diagnosed worldwide with 627,000 recorded deaths.
“Medical authorities confirm that simple measures like self-breast examination once every month, breast examination by medical personnel when a woman is in doubt of her findings, and once yearly mammography test, will detect breast lumps lead to early diagnosis of breast cancer. The treatment outcome of early diagnosis is usually very positive.”