As part of its social responsibility programme, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) vehicle, UBA Foundation, has restated its commitment to raising awareness on the scourge of Prostate Cancer among men.
The Group Managing Director/CEO of UBA Plc, Mr. Phillips Oduoza disclosed this while flagging off the UBA Foundation Mini-Marathon for Prostate Cancer Awareness held in Lagos at the weekend. He said that “The Bank, through the UBA Foundation is encouraged to propagate this crusade and we are also committed to raising awareness of the disease”.
He also noted that despite the deadly nature of Prostate Cancer, it can be cured when detected and treated at its early stage. Continuing, he said that the Mini-Marathon, which is in continuation of the Foundation’s annual prostate cancer awareness initiative, commenced from the UBA Headquarters on Marina, Lagos via Western Avenue and terminate at the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos. Other health and fitness activities including free screening for Prostate Cancer was held at the stadium.
Speaking at the National Stadium in Lagos, the Bank’s Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka advised men aged 40 and above not to be afraid of getting tested for prostate cancer. He said “In UBA, we believe in catching them young and developing talents from the cradle”.
The event came on the heels of ‘Walk, Cycle and Jog for Prostate Cancer’ programme organized by the Foundation in 2011 as well as ‘Play Soccer for Prostate Cancer’ held in 2012, where the Foundation brought out ex-Nigerian international soccer stars to play soccer as part of creating awareness for Prostate Cancer.