First Lady Weah urges women to do annual checkup to avoid breast cancer

First Lady Madam Clar Marie has made the call for women in Liberia to do annual medical checkup in a bid for early detection to avoid breast cancer, which is believed to be the second major cause of death of women in the country.

First Lady Clay made the call Wednesday, October 27, 2021, when she spoke at ceremony marking the commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month hosted by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with the Office of the First Lady.

She said breast cancer affects every woman in the world but can be prevented by carrying on annual checkup and early detection.

Madam Weah quotes medical experts as saying early detection will go a long way in avoiding breast cancer, urged young women in the country to do continuous checkup whenever they notice any strange knot or feel pain in the breast.

“We must approach the issue of breast cancer with seriousness and support the fight against it holistically, let’s support survivors. Our future is at stake if we can’t fight breast cancer,” Madam Weah intimated.

She said optimism always leads to change adding, “Be proactive and be serious about the fight against breast cancer.”

Madam Weah praised survivors of breast cancer for their bravery saying, “You have tried hard and fought a good fight in combatting this second killer disease that affects every woman across the globe.”

For her part, Health Minister Dr. Willimina Jallah buttressed First Lady Clar, urging women in the country to do continuous checkup.

She added, “Breast Cancer is the second cause of death in the world. Dr. Jallah who explained how breast cancer is contracted by women called on them to see their doctors or medical practitioners if there is any sign or symptom of breast cancer.”

“If you observe symptoms or if you are overweight and not taking exercise you are at risk. If you are over 50, you are at risk and must do checkup,” she pointed out.

Dr. Jallah then reminded women in the country that self-examination is important in avoiding breast cancer.

“You must relate to your doctors to examine you. Breast cancer can be detected by doctors through several medical machines at the hospitals but the key message is early detection,” she among other things pointed out.

Held at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, under the theme, “A Get Pink’d DanXercise Affair” Celebrating Survivors and Honoring Lost Loves, the ceremony brought together hundreds of elderly and young women from across the country.

President Weah, who was a special guest at the occasion urged women here not to be defeated saying, “Breast cancer is a killer disease, we must work together to eradicate it. As feminist-In-Chief, I will do my best to support you in this fight.”

He said continuous exercise and balanced diet are the surest ways in combating breast cancer, indicating, “Avoid excessive consumption of fat food, avoid toxic habit including taking tobacco, do annual checkup, and do physical exercise which helps to control weight.”             

The former African, European and World best, now President of Liberia, George M. Weah and his Wife Clar Marie Weah then led a group of Liberian women in an exercise period at the official launch of the ceremony marking breast cancer awareness month in Monrovia.

According to the Liberian president, exercise is vital to eradicating breast cancer and that it reduces other health complications.

He used the exercise period as a kickoff and urged women to make it a habit.