The latest data from World Health Organization (W.H.O.) shows that 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.

Again, according to WHO, Nigeria has had a significant increase in the incidence of deaths from the common cancers within four years. In 2008 for instance, 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 (resulting in 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.

This is why NCPP is poised to stay back cancer. And for this reason, we’re coordinating the setting up of a well organized national cancer screening programme in Nigeria.


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