Leader and founder of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), Betty Akeredolu, blames the religious system for the high rate of cancer death in the nation.
The wife to the sitting Governor of Ondo state said this while speaking on Wednesday at the Inter-School Arts Competition for secondary school students in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Betty opined that most women die of ignorance because they approach religious organizations like church and mosque for miracles to cure cancer and other diseases.
“Our women present their cases late because they keep going to churches. The man and woman of God will run away immediately when they notice the breast gets rotten.
“Breast is external, check it; go to the hospital and stop parading miracle mountain. It has to stop in this country because I feel angry talking about late presentations in this country.
“I have never seen anyone since 24 years of my advocacy on breast cancer who visits miracle mountains and other spiritual means and gets cured.”
She further educates that cervical cancer, which is common among women, can be prevented, adding that it has now become easy to deal with due to advancement in research.
Akeredolu recommends that young women go for HPV vaccination to prevent contracting sexually transmitted diseases, which is a major cause of cancer.