World Cancer Day: Expert seeks early detection to reduce deaths from cancer

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By Ibukun Emiola

Ibadan – A medical , Dr Gbemi Daramola, has urged to embrace early detection through regular screening to the of deaths caused by cancer in Nigeria.

Daramola made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Tuesday, as part of creation on the 2020 World Cancer Day.

While describing cancer as “a demon that is destroying many lives all the world, particularly Africa”, he said “we are creating and letting people know that early detection is what save lives.

“It was reported that every minute, 17 people are dying of cancer and most common cancers in our are breast cancer, cervical cancer and prostate cancer, for men.

“There are places like hospitals where you can go to detect cancer early before it spreads. I am sure we all know one or two people have died of cancer.

“Cancer is the abnormal bizarre growth of cells, which can occur in any part of the body.

“On breast cancer, every woman should examine her breasts regularly; a good time is after the monthly period. You look for any swelling as small as a bean seed.

“The swelling is called a lump and every lump must be removed and sent for histology, but not every lump is cancer,” she said.

Daramola also further stated that cervical cancer has to do with the cervix, which is the mouth of the womb.

“Every woman, is not a virgin, should have a pap smear done, so that if traces of a cancer is seen the result, depending on how early the test was done, it can be stopped with timely intervention,” she said.

The advised that and young women between ages nine and 25 should take three doses of the vaccine against cervical cancer called ‘Cervarix’ to prevent the disease type caused by the HP virus.

According to her, prostate cancer requires that every man above 40 years should go for a ‘Prostate Antigen Assay’ (PSA) yearly.

“If it is raised, please see a doctor, an urologist or a surgeon immediately; the surgery usually recommended not affect as a man,” she said.

On lung cancer, Daramola advised people to quit smoking, saying that tobacco had been linked to so many types of cancer apart lung cancer.

“To prevent cancer of the liver, go for Hepatitis B screening. If negative, get vaccination, that is, three doses six ,” she said.

The medical also advised against consumption, urging people to either stop drinking or it to the barest minimum.