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Alarming: 720,000 Nigerians Die Annually From Cancer

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The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole has disclosed that no fewer than 72,000 of 102,000 Nigerians, who suffered from cancer related ailments die annually, and needs the attention of the government.Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole who disclosed this during the 20th Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) anniversary and third international breast cancer symposium, said breast and cervical cancers were responsible for over 50 per cent of death in the country. Consequently, he said the Federal Government had commenced a process of establishing dedicated cancer chemotherapy wards in nine Federal Tertiary Health institutions across the country.Adewole, who was represented by Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Ile- Ife Osun State, Prof Victor Adetiloye said the existing National Cancer Control Plan had expired, hence the need for new one. He said: “We have developed a new National Cancer Control Plan 2018 to 2022. This National Cancer Control Plan is the product of extensive inter-sectoral collaboration involving government, academia, bilateral and multilateral organization and civil society. This National Cancer Control Plan provides a clear road map as to how the Ministry envisions cancer controls efforts for the country to be within the next five years and beyond. Beyond the cancer patients and their families, this plan will serve as launch pad to reduce the incidence and prevalence of cancer in Nigeria.”Photo Credit: Getty

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