The Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has called on the women of Nigeria to be part of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) vision of sensitization and awareness in the fight against breast cancer in the country.
Governor Akeredolu, who has urged women not to view breast cancer as a death sentence, has instructed them to ensure regular breast examinations for early detection and treatment.
According to the governor’s chief press secretary, Richard Olatunde, in a statement made available to reporters in Akure, the capital of Ondo state, the governor spoke on Saturday shortly after a health walk in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.
Governor Akeredolu and his wife, Chief (Ms) Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu led other stakeholders on a health walk to raise awareness about breast cancer and the need for regular examination to ensure detection and early treatment.
The five kilometer awareness health walk titled “Jog for Life” started from the Challenge parking lot and ended at Akinyemi Area on Ring Road in Ibadan.
The Health Walk was part of the activities marking the 25th anniversary and the 4th International Breast Cancer Symposium of BRECAN.
The main runner for the event was All Progressives Congressional Women’s National Leader, APC, Dr. Betta Edu.
The Governor said: “This walk is what I am used to. We have done this for 25 years without interruption. So it’s a normal thing for me. The idea, as you know, is simply to create awareness.
“My message to women is that they must follow the instructions given by BRECAN, other associations and stakeholders.”