Nigeria records 100,000 new cancer cases yearly – Don

A professor of radiotherapy and Oncology with the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Akoka, Aderemi Ajekigbe, has said Nigeria r...


A professor of radiotherapy and Oncology with the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Akoka, Aderemi Ajekigbe, has said Nigeria records 100, 000 new cases of cancer annually.
Ajekigbe, who delivered the 21st Inaugural Lecture of the university titled, ‘Cancer:The Unwanted Guest That May Visit’, stated that presently Nigeria had about two million recorded cases of cancer.

According to him, cancer occurrence is increasing at an alarming rate in developing countries like Nigeria due to the poor state of health facilities, poor funding of cancer care, late diagnosis and detection of the deadly disease in the country.
Ajekigbe, in his lecture, called on the Federal Government to address the increasing number of Nigerians dying from cancer due to poor access to treatment and funds needed to manage the disease.
The don said, “The global incidence of cancer is soaring but cancer cases are worse and death rates are higher in Nigeria because cancer patients are usually poor and they have little access to treatment in the country.
“At every time , there are only four functioning radiotherapy machines in the country,others may have broken down due to the high patient load on it.
“Patients who can afford it will travel out when they can no longer wait for the machines to start working while the poor patients suffer in silence.
“Even most if the patients who can afford to treat their cancer abroad come back in body bags. That is why we need to have our own facilities that will enable us screen, detect and treat cancer cases early.
“We cannot afford to lose more Nigerians to cancer. Government should dedicate the proceeds from an oil block to the provision of cancer equipment and treatment. It is a need.”
The oncologist, who defined cancer as an abnormal and uncontrolled growth that persists in the body, stated that women had a higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer when compared to men.
Ajekigbe said,” More than 40 per cent of cancer occur in women. Breast and cervical cancer are the commonest forms of cancer and they occur in women. That is every woman should examine her breast regularly. Cancer can happen to anyone but it does not have to be a death sentence if it is detected early.”
Source: Punch.

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