A medical practitioner has warned that excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco can increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
Dr. Toyosi Aibunuomo gave the warning on Wednesday while speaking at a seminar held in commemoration of the World Breast Cancer Week.
The seminar that took place in Ilorin was organized by the Kwara state chapter of The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in conjunction with The Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN).
The medical practitioner revealed excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco could lead to the growth of a cancerous tumor.
She added both male and female genders are at a risk of developing breast cancer.
“No gender can be said to be immune to breast cancer as it affects both male and female, so, we all have to be cautious of what we consume.
“Everyone should be responsive to any change in his or her body because the only way it can be cured is through early detection,” she said.
She further advised everyone, especially women to pay attention to their weigh and ensure they breastfeed their babies in order to reduce the chances of developing breast cancer.
Chairperson of Kwara State Chapter of NAWOJ, Mrs. Ayodele Olupinla had earlier said the high rate of deaths as a result of breast cancer was the reason for the seminar.
“We realised that breast cancer is one of the diseases with high death rate, and people need to be more enlightened about it.
“As mothers, we deemed it fit to organize this seminar to raise more awareness about its prevention and control.
“We want to keep everybody abreast of what they should do when changes are noticed in their bodies,” Olupinla said.