To commemorate this year’s World Cancer Day 2022, the Medicaid Cancer Foundation (MCF) and the Leah Foundation, with support from Pfizer, have set up free breast cancer screenings in the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) and five states, including Nassarawa, Niger, Kwara, Kogi and Oyo.
Medicaid Cancer Foundation Senior Program Manager, Ms. Hadiza A-Arome said, “The Breast Cancer Awareness and Free Screening program has provided free breast cancer screening services to all people who respect the age and medical eligibility criteria, especially rural women. She said this was to ensure that all women screened for MCF receive appropriate and timely follow-up, diagnosis, treatment and navigation. this disease. »
Speaking, Leah Foundation Executive Director Mr. Lanre Bello said, “This was a lifesaving intervention by Pfizer as most rural women had no prior knowledge of breast cancers. This is an indicator that more needs to be done in terms of advocacy and screening. Businesses, faith-based organizations, unions, women’s groups and governments need to partner together more than ever to raise awareness, offer testing and make necessary interventions available, including vaccines where needed. Bi-annual screening is recommended, especially for rural areas. »
Olayinka Subair, Country Manager Nigeria, said, “At Pfizer, we remain committed to improving the lives of patients. We show our dedication to health equity and reducing disparities in cancer care through these collaborations with the Medicaid Cancer Foundation and the Leah Foundation in six states (FCT, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Kogi and Oyo ) in Nigeria. It’s our way of drawing attention to the need for early detection to save lives as we commemorate World Cancer Day. We choose to close the care gap by providing access to accurate cancer information and knowledge to empower us all, because equity in health can only be achieved when everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. health without obstacles or limits.
Pfizer’s heritage in breast cancer spans more than two decades, with a strong research and development foundation to support breast cancer patients. World Cancer Day is a day when the cancer community comes together to raise awareness and show support for people diagnosed with and living with cancer.
World Cancer Day is an initiative of the International Union Against Cancer, the largest and oldest international cancer control organization dedicated to leading the convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the global health and development agenda.