World Cancer Day: Abstain from early sex, Ajimobi tells girls

WIFE of Oyo State Governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi has charged the general public not to take cancer diagnosis as a death sentence, rather, they should encourage patients to seek adequate medical attention to survive the scourge.

Ajimobi who stated this at the event organised by the Access to Basic Care (ABC) foundation to mark this year’s World Cancer Day,  particularly advised girls to abstain from early sexual activity which increases their chances of cervical cancer.

Noting that breast and cervical cancer were the most prevalent among females, Ajimobi harped on the need for early detection through breast self-examination, pap smear test and mammogram.

Speaking at the event held at Bodija international School, on Tuesday, Ajimobi urged young girls to resist pressure from their peers, but adopt the right attitude and practices to reduce their tendency.

More important, according to Ajimobi, was the need for children to focus on their academic pursuit and strive for excellence and success.

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The event saw Ajimobi inaugurated Just Us Girls’ (JUGs) club at the school, aimed at training girls to champion the fight against cancer in Oyo state and Nigeria at large.

Project coordinator from ABC foundation, Dr Sola Oriniowo said the focus of the establishing the club was to teach the children about cancer, its likely causes and possible prevention; and to also raise a young generation that will lead the combat against it.

Medical coordinator of the foundation, Dr Oluwatobi Lawrence said contrary to earlier studies that breast cancer was a threat to women above the age of 50, recent studies have shown that men and younger people were equally prone to it.

She prescribed good diet and breast self-examination as key factors in detecting breast cancer, and enhancing survival rate.

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