An average of 100,000 new cases of cancer are being diagnosed yearly in Nigeria.
The consultant, public health at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Dr Bodeno Ehis, made this known in Warri, at a lecture in honour of the late Mrs Omawunmi Udoh, a lawmaker in Delta state House of Assembly.
He recommended routine medical checks, insisting that early detection of cancer was the solution to overcoming the global scourge.
“The women, depending on their ages, should do a mammogram once or twice in a year.
“Cancer can be prevented if detected early enough, therefore, people should carry out checks at least once in a year, while also doing regular exercises,’’ he advised.
The figure, according to him, accounted for 12.5 per cent of the disease globally.
The medical expert advised Nigerians to live a healthy lifestyle to overcome the global life-threatening disease that was ravaging the world, adding that eating foods rich in fibre was one of such.