Every hour in Nigeria, women die of cervical cancer, a disease that is largely preventable thanks to annual Pap Smears and HPV vaccinations. Unfortunately, a lot of people do not go for their yearly screenings, have not had the vaccination and do not know that early detection is key to increasing survival rates. It is very important that we educate everyone about the disease, its symptoms and ways to prevent and treat it.
The Exquisite Magazine Cervical Cancer Prevention Week provides us with an opportunity to do just that! January 2017 is the global cervical cancer awareness month and February 4th, 2017 is World Cancer Day and there’s no better time to go for a screening and create awareness about this than now!
Cervical cancer screening can help detect abnormal cells before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer can be prevented by regular screening tests and follow up care.
The EMAC Cervical Cancer Prevention Week seeks to spread the word about the important steps that women need to take to stay healthy and encourage parents about how important it is for pre-teens to get HPV (Human papilloma virus) vaccine, both girls and boys.
There are lots of ways you can be involved during the week.
- Take part in our #GetScreened selfie campaign that we’re launching that week. This will be a poster with your picture and a short quote encouraging girls and women to get screened go for regular screening and also take the vaccines.
- Take part in our #Smearit selfie campaign, where you would smear your lipstick on your face to depict the smear test that is one of the methods of screening. This is to also encourage women to go and get screened.
We will provide guidance, should you require this, for your quote and #smearit selfie.
You can also be a part of the following;
- Displaying our posters and leaflets in hospitals, libraries, salons, spas, church and more
- Put the web badge on your website
- Donate to support our cervical cancer awareness programmes which include free screening and treatment for early stages of pre cancer cells, vaccination for children in public schools.
- Join our EMACCPW walk
- Share our posts, tweets, videos and images on Facebook and Instagram.
- Host a local event to raise awareness about cervical health (for which we can provide some logistics support).
- Join our fundraising brunch on the 28th of January, 2017.
- Come and shop at a discount to raise funds at our EMACCPW pop up store on the 29th of January, 2017
- We can also provide posters and a range of materials to help support your activities.
Here are some of the activities we will be undertaking during the week:
Sharing Fliers to Salons, schools and Churches– Date: Monday, January 23rd – Friday, January 27th, 2017
Ask a Doctor Session on Social Media– Date: January 27th, 2017
Brunch– Date: Saturday, January 28th, 2017. Time: 1pm
EMACCPW Pop up Store– Date: Sunday, January 29th, 2017
Free Screening Day at Ebute Metta– Date: Monday, January 30th, 2017
Vaccination and Screening– Date: Friday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 4th
All proceeds go to the testing, treating, pre cervical cancer stages and vaccinating children in less privileged areas.
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