Screen Regularly For Cancer, LAPO Advises Nigerians

LAPO has affirmed that increased awareness of the signs, symptoms and timely diagnosis of cancer ailments will improve survival and has therefore encouraged Nigerians to undertake regular screening for early detection.

The Executive Director, Sabina Idowu-Osehobowho made this call while reviewing the Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) project being implemented in Lagos, Imo, Abuja, Rivers, and Edo State said 4,571,918 persons benefitted from the programme in August 2017.

Idowu-Osehobo said the campaign being implemented in partnership with 13 Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) was aimed at reducing the number of deaths arising from cancer and enable Nigerians live healthier lives.

Cancer is a deadly disease. We have a special focus on breast and cervical cancers, which are common amongst females. We also sensitise the men on prostate cancer.

“Early detection and prevention is key, so that we can reduce the number of deaths and achieve zero occurrence level in the country,’’ she said.

The executive director said “not all cancer ailments show early signs and symptoms and may appear when the case has reached an advanced stage.

“If people go for regular screening, there would be early detection; it makes it easy for treatment and cure,” she said.

Idowu-Osehobo however called on the Federal Government to fund relevant health organisations to assist in the fight against cancer in the country.