This Day (Lagos)

10 February 2013

Nigeria: Oil Firm Concludes Free Cancer Screening Exercise

As part of the efforts to curb the spread of cancer in the country, South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO) Saturday concluded a week-long free cancer screening exercise for over 10,000 women across Edo State.

The exercise included free cervical cancer, breast cancer as well as prostrate cancer screening.

Executive Vice-chairman of SAPETRO, Senator Daisy Ehanire Danjuma, said the exercise became necessary following the numbers of death caused by the disease.

"Remember that cervical cancer kills one Nigerian woman every hour; breast cancer kills over 10,000 Nigerian women every year, while prostrate cancer kills 14 Nigerian men every year.

"I am touched by the number of women who are losing their lives to cancer on a daily basis and it should be noted that there is no age barrier to this screening," she said.

Represented by Mrs. Mirabel Eghosa-Okunbor, Senator Danjuma explained that she was determined to address the challenge confronting women in the state.

In a lecture delivered and titled, "Demystification of Cancer", Dr. (Mrs.) Abia Nzelu disclosed that cancer is not only a health issue, it also has its effect on the socio-economic and political development of the country with other human right implications.

"Yearly, of 100,000 patients diagnosed of cancer, 80,000 of them die of the disease due to ignorance and lack of treatment because some of them cannot afford the cost, " she said as she expressed the fear that by year 2030, the number of such cases is to likely to increase by an additional 20 million.

She expressed joy that SAPETRO Executive Vice Chairman, Senator Danjuma, has through such free mass cancer screening and treatment for all, ease the plight of sufferers.

A team of international medical specialists were on ground for the week long exercise to conduct the free mass cancer screening and treatment for all to mark the 2013 World Health Organization (WHO) World Cancer Day with the theme, "Cancer: Did You Know" and the opening of the National Cancer Prevention Programme, (NCPP) Benin Cancer Centre.

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