No fewer than 100,000 Nigerians have been directly screened and treated so far by the National Cancer Prevention Programme, NCPP.
The executive secretary of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, CECP-Nigeria, Abia Nzelu, made the disclosure in a statement issued ahead of the October 1 free cancer screening programme in Lagos.
According to her, through the awareness created, the NCPP is helping to protect millions of Nigerians from cancer.
“This monumental effort has contributed immensely to the reduction of cervical cancer deaths in Nigeria from 26 daily in 2008 to 22 daily in 2012.
“In line with the International Cancer Awareness Month (ICAM), the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) in partnership with the National Cancer Prevention Programme (NCPP) will hold free cancer screening in Lagos on Oct.1,” the executive secretary said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ICAM is an annual international campaign against the cancer pandemic, especially breast cancer, the most common cancer among women globally.
Ms. Nzelu said the symbolic colour for the month of October is pink.
“The colour pink is not only used in relation to breast cancer, but also refers to health in general, hence, the phrase ‘in the pink of health,” she said.
“ICAM is a reminder for societies to take an active role in ensuring that their citizens remain in excellent health (the pink of health).
“It is also to encourage them to go for regular health screening, and supporting initiatives aimed at improving the health of society at large.
“This is particularly important in Nigeria which has the 12th lowest life expectancy in the world.
“Most Nigerians do not live to retire, to see their grandchildren, or to enjoy the fruits of their labour,” she stated.
Ms. Nzelu however said cancer was a major cause of untimely death in Nigeria.
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