An NGO, Women Hood Foundation has organised a one day lecture to sensitise students on the various preventive ways against cancer.
This is coming ahead of the World Cancer Day celebration.
Speaking at the lecture, the Director, School of Health Science, Kaduna, Mallam Nurudeen Bello said, World Cancer Day is celebrated to create awareness on how to prevent millions of death from the diseases.
According the him,” all individuals should be encouraged to play certain roles towards reducing the burden of cancer, it gives us the opportunities to reflect on what we can do, making a pledge and taking action”.
Malam Nurudeen further explained that Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, with the lung, prostate, stomach and liver cancer being the most common types of cancer in men, while the breast, lung, cervix and stomach cancer are the most common among women.
“In Africa, most of the affected patients are the rural dwellers, who are mostly women, hence the need to take more campaign and awareness to those areas, in order to save them from the battle of the disease,” he said.
Nurudden however expressed dismay over the poor advocacy on cancer in Nigeria, especially in the rural areas, where the perception is that, a victim of cancer is always on death row.
Cancer deaths preventable
Reports indicate that, between 30% and 50% of cancer deaths could be prevented by modifying or avoiding key risk factors, including avoiding tobacco products, reducing alcohol consumption, maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising regularly and addressing infection-related risk factors.
The founder of Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children, Comrade Ramatu Tijjani called on all Non Governmental Organisations NGOs, Civil Society Organisations CSOs, and Government at all levels to actively create awareness on cancer to rural communities in order to reduce the burden.
World Cancer day will be celebrated on Sunday the 4th February, 2018 with the theme, “We can. I can”.