Group advocates routine cancer test for early detection of disease

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By Peter Okolie

Onitsha (Anambra) – A non-governmental organisation, Onyebuchi Chris Ifediora (OCI) Foundation, has called on Nigerians to regulary undergo test to ensure early detection and treatment of disease.

President of foundation, Dr Chris Ifediora, made call a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Onitsha on to mark this year’s World Day.

Ifediora further advocated the need for Nigerians to arm themselves with requisite knowledge on prevention

He expressed concern the increasing cases of cancer the country, stating that thousands of Nigerians from the disease every year because it was not detected early.

2018, for instance, a of 115,950 new cancers were recorded Nigeria and 70,327 of those affected died.

“Cervical cancer alone accounted for the of 10,403 women out of the 14,943 that were diagnosed with it in 2018.

“Those affected include our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, , aunties, uncles, friends, colleagues and employees.

“The impacts are, therefore, devastating for everyone. As such, we urge Nigerians to be aware of these cancers and get appropriately armed against them,” he stated.

Ifediora also stated that prevention and early detection remained the most effective strategies for beating cancers.

“No matter the nature of cancer, including those that affect the breasts, cervix, bowel, ovaries, skin, blood and prostate, if you detect it early, it could be managed or treated.”

“Together, we can win this fight. With the right information, we have a chance to emerge victorious in this fight,” he stated.

The foundation president further stated that the organisation was in the vanguard of the fight against breast and cervical cancers, through its , called “Arm Our Youths (ArOY) Health Campaign”.

“The ArOY Campaign aims to integrate anti-breast and anti-cervical cancer teachings into the regular curriculum of all senior secondary in Nigeria.

“It has already been fully implemented in all the in Anambra, while Benue will introduce it within the next few ,” he said.

The president solicited the support and partnership of the federal and state governments in its health activities targetted at empowering the youths in the fight against breast and cervical cancers.

NAN reports that the theme for this year’s World Cancer Day was “ Am and Will’’.