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Sunday, 19 March 2017

100,000 New Cases Of Cancer Are Diagnosed In Nigeria Yearly – Expert

By Victor Ernest

Dr Bodeno Ehis, a consultant on Public Health at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, says no fewer than 100,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed yearly in Nigeria.

In a speech entitled: ”Cancer Awareness and Prevention” at a lecture in honour of the late Omawunmi Udoh, a lawmaker in theDelta State House of Assembly, on Sunday in Warri, he observed that the figure accounted for 12.5 percent of the global figure.

Prediction for year 2020

The medical expert who is also a Fellow, National Postgraduate Medical College, Lagos, said more than 16 million new cases of cancer would be diagnosed globally by 2020.

He advised Nigerians to live a healthy lifestyle to overcome the global life-threatening disease that was ravaging the world, adding that eating foods rich in fibre is advisable.

Cervical cancers are prevalent

The doctor explained that breast and cervical cancers were prevalent among women while prostate cancer was common in men.

”The women, depending on their ages, should do a mammogram once or twice in a year,” he said.

According to the doctor, cancer can be prevented if detected early enough, and advised people to carry out checks at least once in a year, while also doing regular exercises.

The consultant urged thegovernment to do a lot of sensitisation on the epidemic to reduce the scourge.


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