Presidency to launch cancer screening for Nigerians

Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health

The Presidency has said it will launch a nationwide screening of Nigerians for common cases of cancer.

The common cases of cancer, according to the Presidency, include breast and cervical cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.

Health minister, Professor Isaac Adewole, made this known in Abuja, at an event to mark the 2018 World Cancer Day with the theme “We can, I can.”

The minister urged adult Nigerians to undertake a physical exercise for at least two and a half hours weekly, and one hour for children.

“In spite of the numerous interventions by the government and other partners, some factors are militating against efforts to effectively combat the scourge of cancer in Nigeria.

“The key barriers to treatment of cancer in Nigeria, are: poor awareness, poor health seeking behaviour, low level of non-governmental investments, low number of skilled health care personnel, funding gaps, amongst others,’’ Mr. Adewole said.

Meanwhile, over 100,000 Nigerians are being diagnosed of cancer yearly, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, made this known at an event to mark the World Cancer Day in Abuja.

The survival rate of Nigerians from the disease is put at ratio one to five.

According to the figure, in 2008, breast cancer killed 30 Nigerian women daily, while 14 of their male counterparts died daily from prostate cancer.

Also in 2008, liver cancer killed 24 Nigerians daily, increasing to 32 in 2012.

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