Osun Women Get Free Cervical Cancer Screening
As part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR), Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has given 20 women in Osun state free cervical cancer screening.
The screening is in a way to celebrate World Cancer Day which was on February 4th, 2023, – an international day and its a day to raise awareness on cancer and encourage its prevention, detection and treatment.
IBEDC organised the screen on Monday to commemorate the 2023 World Cancer Day.
However the screening which was tagged “World Cancer Day 2023: Let’s Defeat Cervical Cancer, IBEDC Awareness Initiative,” was held at the Pathology Department, Osun State University Teaching Hospital (UNIOSUTH), Osogbo.
IBEDC Regional Head, Osun region, Mr Oluwatoyin Akinyosoye, said that the free screening was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR).
“This is just to encourage the women to know their status and the next steps to take…IBEDC is providing free cervical cancer screening for 20 women, as part of giving back to the society.
“However, people should endeavour to know their health status, not only screening for cervical cancer, but for general medical check-up,” he said.
Also speaking, Dr Ademola Adediran, of UNIOSUTH Gynecology Department, who conducted the screening, explained that women of reproductive age were of higher risk of having cervical cancer. According to him, cervical cancer, which affects the cervix, part of the reproductive organs of woman, is one of the challenges facing women today.
Adediran said that women with multiple sex partners and those with high sexual behaviour were at higher risk of having cervical cancer. The gynecologist also said that cervical cancer could be hereditary, just like other form of cancer.
He advised women, particularly those of reproductive age to get screened for cervical cancer, at least once a year, stressing that early detection could help in treating and managing the disease.