No fewer than 5,000 women in Oyo State would benefit from free cervical cancer screening which commenced on Tuesday in Ibadan.
The screening exercise was organised by Zonta Club of Ibadan, a Non-Governmental Organisation established to improve the status of women.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the beneficiaries made up of aged and young women turned up in their thousands to have their cervix screened in the exercise which would last three days.
Speaking at the forum, the wife of Oyo State governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, told women to ensure they made themselves available for the exercise.
"Do not be embarrassed by going for cervical cancer screening so that the ailment will not kill you.
"Remember you have your children to look after," she said.
She commended the club for promoting community health by ensuring that women access free cervical cancer screening.
The President of the club, Mrs Sade Ajasin, said the aim of the programme was to help eradicate cervical cancer.
Ajasin said about 85 per cent of the estimated 493,000 new cases and over 273,000 deaths from cervical cancer occur in developing countries.
"Cervical cancer is treatable and can be avoided through early detection. There should be no reason for any woman to be afflicted with the ailment," she said.
Mrs Adeyemi Oladejo, a teacher and beneficiary, commended the club for organising the screening exercise.
Oladejo, who spoke to NAN on the sidelines of the exercise, said she lost her younger sister to cervical cancer two years ago.
" We never knew then that it was important to go to the hospital for screening.
" Hers was presented late and she died. I was scared when I was about to be screened because I have a history of a family member dying from it.
" I, however, thank God I am clean," she said.