NCPP is an umbrella vehicle for all the cancer prevention initiatives of mass medical mission. It was formally launched by the then First Lady represented by the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development on the 18th of October, 2008.
The National Cancer Prevention Programme (NCPP) is a public-private-social health programme, initiated by mass medical mission (mmm), and focusing primarily on cancer control. NCPP is an umbrella vehicle for all the cancer prevention initiatives of mass medical mission.
On October 18, 2007 NCPP started the campaign against cervical cancer (known as the National Cervical Cancer Prevention Programme (NCCPP). NCCPP is the foremost and major national effort towards the control of cervical cancer in Nigeria. One year after the commencement of the campaign, NCPPwas formally launched by the then First Lady represented by the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development on the 18th of October, 2008.
Cancer is a global epidemic. The global cancer epidemic is not only huge but is set to rise. Currently, one out of every three persons will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and it is projected that by 2030, one in every two persons will be diagnosed of the disease in their lifetime. More than 14 million people develop cancer every year, and this figure is projected to rise to over 21 million by 2030.
World Health Organization (W.H.O.) latest data shows that worldwide, cancer is now responsible for almost 1 in 6 deaths globally. Each year 8.8 million people die from cancer. Sadly, about two-thirds of these deaths occur in developing countries like Nigeria.
According to W.H.O. Nigeria has had a significant increase in the incidence of deaths from the common cancers within four years. In 2008 breast cancer killed 30 Nigerian women daily; by 2012 this had risen to 40 women daily. In 2008 prostate cancer killed 14 Nigerian men daily; by 2012 this had risen to 26 men daily. In 2008 liver cancer killed 24 Nigerians daily; by 2012 this had risen to 32 daily. Over 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer annually, and about 80,000 die (10 deaths every hour!) with a dismal survival rate of 1: 5.
The good news is that most cancer deaths are preventable. According to WHO (2002), one-third of cancers is preventable, another one-third is curable and the last third can have good quality of life with appropriate care.
NCPP is therefore, committed to coordinating the setting up of a well – organized national cancer screeningprogramme in Nigeria. Since the commencement of the NCPP campaign, over 100,000 Nigerians have been directly screened and treated so far, and through the awareness created, the NCPP is helping to protect millions of Nigerians from cancer.
This monumental effort has contributed immensely to the reduction of cervical cancer deaths in Nigeria from 26 daily in 2008 to 22 daily in 2012 (WHO data).