LAPO Screens, Sensitizes 12.4 Million Women On Cancer Control

About 12.4 million women and other community members benefitted from the LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) project between November 2016 and May 2017.

The 2-year project is aimed at reducing cancer related deaths in Nigeria with focus on prevention and early detection through mass awareness creation, screening, and referrals for treatment.

A breakdown of the figures indicates that 3,409 persons were screened for various cancer infections, 580 refered for treatment while 12,362,957 community members were sensitized on cancer control during the period.

The Executive Director of LAPO, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo expressed concern that almost 102,000 new cases of cancer occur annually in Nigeria with over 60% in women due to breast and cervical cancer.

She traced the main barriers inhibiting cancer control in Nigeria to poor access to screening services and inadequate awareness, noting that with early detection, over 80% of cancer cases are preventable and 40% of the disease eradicated by changes in lifestyle.

The executive director implored women, particularly those of child bearing age against toying with their health but ascertain their health status regularly through periodic medical check-up, as breast and cervical cancer posed serious threat to their lives.

Idowu-Osehobo said LAPO has over the years been involved in community health improvement and support for health facility upgrading in rural communities.

She said 3,458 women benefitted from the LAPO/Edo State Cervical Cancer Programme between April and September 2012 with those diagnosed with Human Papillona Virus (HPV) and vulnerable to cervical cancer treated freely.

 

  Benin City                                           June 28, 2017