From Quareeb, preventive measures against cancer
Irked by the increasing spate of cancer patients in the country, the Al-Fatih-Ul-Quareeb Islamic Society has equipped the Muslim Ummah on preventive measures against the deadly disease.
Speaking at the 2016 Women’s day celebration, the Vice President, Female, Hawawu Oguntade, said the cancer scourge has been destroying the socio-economic fabric of families, hence the need for the enlightenment programme.
She said, the organisation decided to tag this year’s programme basically on the health issue because it discovered that a significant number of Nigerian women today are ignorant of the disease and could not discover the symptoms in the body.
According to her, for efficient delivery, the council partnered with a renowned Eye Foundation Hospital to offer free eye screening to its member and general public.
“We believe only when there is good health, then you can plan for future and we extend our kind donation to hospitals; motherless homes and to the prison yard,” she said.
The National President, Mohammed Ajibade hinted said he was very impressed with the activities of Muslim women in Quareeb on this year programme, adding that such development would promote a healthy living for the populace.
Ajibade enjoined other religious bodies to emulate the gesture by putting all resources together to assist the needy and empower the Nigerian youths, and ultimately reduce the level of crisis facing the country.
The National Missioner, Abdul Rahmon Adangba said that this year’s Women’s Day Celebration of the society was significant due to their contribution toward enlightening Muslim women on their roles in the society.
Adangba stated that the Quareeb women have become a shining example of what Islam can be proud of and they take the society issues to the higher realm.
The Guest Speaker and a Medical Practitioner, Dr. Zainab Mustapha, emphasized that health should be the priority of every living, adding that breast cancer is a blanket name for many different cancer that arise within the breast tissues and it can arise as a sporadic disease and it occur when there is genetic mutation.
According to her, one can easily get the symptoms of breast cancer by painful breast lump or nipple discharge which can lead to increase or decrease in breast size.
Mustapha disclosed that breast cancer is the commonest cancer in Nigerian women as about 1:25 Nigerian women develop breast cancer in a lifetime.
Besides, she said one million new cases is expected in Africa by 2020 and 50 per cent are likely to come from Nigeria.
She blamed lack of public awareness as a major cause of cancer while late presentation and diagnosis worsens the matter.
According to her, incidence for both male and female breast cancer patient are increasing worldwide with that of the later ranging from 1 per cent (worldwide) to about 3.4 per cent from studies out of Nigeria.
She therefore, advised that once a patient discovers any strange sign in the body, then he or she should consult the medical doctor for proper examination of the body.