Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark World Cancer Day on Thursday, the federal government has disclosed plans to soon establish a full fledge national agency that will cater for the prevention and treatment of cancer related diseases in the country. Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, stated this at the commemoration of the day in Abuja, and said it had become important to include cancer as one of the priority project in the health sector.
Adewole explained that government had initiated a planning process that would culminate in the transformation of the National Cancer Control Programme into a national agency for Cancer Control, which would provide leadership and technical direction for cancer control in Nigeria, adding that it would be a multidisciplinary centre involving all health care personnel, basic and social scientists including public health experts. According to him, “World Cancer Day 2016 emphasizes the need to accelerate action to push the global fight against cancer to a brand new level, as the WHO estimated that there are 14.1 million new cases of cancer every year and 8.2 million deaths, with 32.6 million people living with cancer worldwide. Earlier, Minister of State for Health, Enahire Osagie, noted that over 60 per cent of all cancer cases in Nigeria occur in women and are mainly due to breast and cervical cancer.
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