At least 12 persons tested positive to HIV and cervical cancer at an Inner Wheel Club medical screening held in Lagos on Friday.
Four of them tested positive to HIV while the eight others tested positive to cervical cancer.
Chairman of the screening programme, Mrs Sunbo Osunbayo, said the medical outreach was organised to help the less-privileged to establish their health conditions and to seek remedy.
The District 912 of the Inner Wheel Club that conducted the screening comprised Lagos State and some parts of Ogun State.
Osunbayo tasked participants to reduce stressful lifestyles, do away with eating things that could worsen their health conditions and be of assistance to one another to check depression.
“Shouting, quarrelling, eating red meat, living in unhygienic environment and indulgence in consumption of excess alcohol trigger bad health conditions that can result in premature death,’’ she cautioned.
She said that alcoholic drinks and cigarettes could subject consumers to Hepatitis B, cancer, kidney and liver problems and could lead to terminal illnesses.
Osunbayo expressed regret at prevalence of diseases in the society and advised people to discard lifestyles that could subject them to illnesses.
In her address at the event, leader of the screening team, Dr Adebisi Adenuga-Ojoniyi, said that early detection was fundamental to good treatment and remedy.
“If those who tested positive for some diseases have not come out for screening, they may be killed by the diseases earlier than expected.
“As their statuses have been made known to them, treatment and management will begin to help them to live normal lives,’’ she said.