The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, says it will intensify preventive medicine and health promotion as alternatives to curative medicine in the treatment of breast cancer.
Its Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof. Temitope Alonge, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on the sideline of a scientific lecture series organised by the college to mark the 2018 World Cancer Day.
According to the CMD, rather than waste resources on treatment and preparing for patient’s end of life’ treatment in palliative medicine, it has become expedient to also channel efforts and resources at prevention.
The CMD said that breast cancer had become the leading cause of death in females in Nigeria and in the African sub-region.
Alonge said that at the screening point, women would be asked to perform self-breast examination after which a nurse would examine the breasts again with thermograph and mammogram machines.
The CMD also said that the UCH outreach community programmes since its inception had recorded a decline in some or most of these three major cancers- breast, cervix and prostate,” he said.
Alonge also said that the college had constituted a ‘Tumour Board’ that would look how to fight tumour and malignant growth that might be discovered during the screening of the staff of the college.
He said the screening for prostate cancer in all male staff will commence in mid year, adding that all arrangements for the exercise had reached an advanced stage.
NAN reports that the scientific lecture series was organised by the Department of Radiation Oncology of UCH, Ibadan.