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World Cancer Day: Group harps on early screening

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MEDICAL experts have advised women to embrace regular cancer screening and medical checks for early detection of cancer, saying that early detection will be of great help in both the prevention and treatment of cancer.

  This charge was given by the President, Coalition Against Cancer in Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter, Molara Taiwo, during year 2022 World Cancer Day, held in Ibadan.

  She encouraged women to develop the habit of regular medical checks, noting that the routine checks will not only help in knowing their state of health but will help in preventing cancer disease.

  Dr Taiwo underscored the importance of regular cancer screening, noting that early detection is crucial to successfully fighting a cancer diagnosis.

  Speaking during a press briefing organised by Oyo State Ministry of Health, in conjunction with Coalition Against Cancer in Nigeria, Dr Taiwo informed that World Cancer Day is to create awareness about the illness and to fashion out ways to stem the scourge and avoid more incident of the diseases.

  “In Nigeria we were made to know that 12 per cent of cancer we have are breast cancer and breast cancer is the commonest cancer type and the most common among women, followed by cervical cancer, then prostate cancer. So, it’s quite prevalent in our environment and there is need for us to create and step up the awareness. It is preventable, treatable, in fact cervical cancer can be prevented if you have immunisation against it,” she said.

  Commenting on year 2022 theme which is “Closing the Care Gap”, the medical expert opined that fight against cancer can be won if the gaps are closed.

  According to her, closing the gap aims to address inequities on which cancer thrives, adding that fund, education, access to treatment, lifestyles, age, disabilities are some elements that contribute to inequity.

  Dr Taiwo observed that these gaps contribute to care delivery inefficiency, saying that it is important that actions are taken to close the gaps.

  She called on the government to give more support to cancer patients, especially in the are of funding to aid treatment.

  In his remarks, Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Ladipo Taiwo, disclosed that the state government, under Governor Seyi Makinde has put in efforts in promoting the health sector.

  Dr Taiwo was represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr Ayoola Adebisi, noted that the state government has put in place cervical and breast cancer screening for communities, adding that the last programme held at Lagelu Grammar School recorded an impressive number of women that were screened.

  He informed that at the Agodi Correctional Center, all female inmates and correctional officers were also screened, while over 7000 civil servants have also benefitted.

  Highlights of  the  day were free screening for breast and cervical cancer for all categories of women, walk and sensitisation.

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