Lagosians marched down Allen Avenue in Lagos, Saturday, as part of efforts to raise awareness on the menace of breast and cervical cancer in an event tagged ‘Walk, Race, and Cycling Against Cancer’ which also witnessed a symbolic bursting of a balloon to “burst cancer away,” according to Project Pink Blue, the organizers. The organizers said that the event targeted a provision of free breast and cervical screening for about 70 women.
”The idea is this month, October, is International Breast Cancer Awareness month, so we are using this platform to ensure that at least 50 per cent of Nigerian women do their own breast examination this month and beyond this month,” said Runcie Chidebe, Executive Director, Project Pink Blue.
Project Pink Blue is a community focused non-profit NGO on Cancer awareness and indigenous treatments.
“The idea is to create awareness and to provide women with free cancer screening, most especially the rural women and low income earners who don’t have the kind of health facilities that the wealthy people have. And that’s why we brought this event at Alade market (a local but popular market in Ikeja, the capital city of Lagos). So that the local women who can’t really afford very expensive treatments but they should be able to take preventive strategies to ensure that they stay free from this disease.”
The march, which began with aerobics, had popular singer, Chidinma, as well as Nollywood star, Oge Okoye, in attendance. Also present were many professionals including the medical field. Chidinma said that her participation in the cancer awareness campaign was to lend her voice to other women.
“I chose to be a part of this because I’m in support… first and foremost, I’m a woman and I think that every woman should check themselves,” she said.
“It’s not like I have breast cancer or cervical cancer. It’s not until you have a problem before you can be a part of the solution.”