Delta Chapters Get behind early detection of breast cancer in Nigeria

Submitted by Eunice Omole

On March 8, 2022, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the West Africa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated with Run For A Cure Africa (RFCA) in partnership with Westchester Alumnae Chapter and Federal City Alumnae Chapter held a community outreach event to host free breast cancer screenings located at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Surulere, Idi Araba in Nigeria.

Based on the significant impact of the breast screening awareness event within the community, which showed more than 260 women screened and seven cases flagged for further testing; the West Africa Alumnae Chapter and Westchester Alumnae Chapter in partnership with Run For A Cure Africa launched the campaign tagged Deltas Go Pink for the Cure on April 8, 2022. The goal of the campaign is to engage over 1,913 supporters and provide more than 1,913 medical treatments to women in West Africa.

“The early detection of the disease is a crucial factor in its successful treatment, however, the sad reality in Nigeria 75% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed too late, when treatment is prohibitively expensive and survival rates greatly diminished,” says Dr Ebele Mbanugo, founder and executive director of RFCA who is also a member of the sorority.

Deltas across the region came out to support the successful event.

“It’s been fantastic working with the team and is a dream come true. So many women stopped by on International Women’s Day to be tested” Eunice Omole, President of the West Africa Alumnae Chapter, said “It’s easier to find Breast cancer in stage 1, and it’s 99% treatable, if we can raise awareness, we can fight this cancer dead on arrival.”

The Deltas Go Pink for the Cure campaign hopes to use this screening event as a platform to offer even broader support for breast cancer management in the region, in an effort to turn the mortality rate into the survival rate. “It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, breast cancer impacts us,” Yori Berry, IAI Chair of the Westchester Alumnae Chapter said, “for me, it was important to make sure people have access and awareness.”

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