Sokoto — Cervical cancer is the second commonest female cancer worldwide with 529,000 cases and 275,000 deaths per year. Also, an estimated 25,000 new cases of cervical cancer with 480 cases per week are recorded in Nigeria yearly, Consultant Obstetrics/Gynaecologist, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), Sokoto, Dr. Nnadi Daniel disclosed.
He revealed this while speaking on 'The role of Colposcopy in the diagnosis and prevention of cervical cancer' at a public lecture organized by the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto.
Dr. Daniel said a 17-year-old patient is the youngest reported case in Nigeria. According to him, cervical cancer makes up nearly 70 per cent of female genital cancers in Nigeria.
Speaking on cervical cancer in Sokoto, the gynaecologist said from 2000 to 2009 , there were 404 cases of gynaecological malignancies and that there were 50 deaths from these cancers, putting the fatality rate at 12.4 per cent. "The most common genital tract cancer in Sokoto was cervical cancer," he added.
Dr. Daniel gave reasons for high prevalence in Sokoto to include; Lack of awareness of risk factors, early marriage, multiple sexual partners, high risk sexual partners, high parity, poor socio-economic status and poor uptake of cervical cancer screening.