Medical experts have commended the Adamawa state Government for facilitating the establishment of a Population Based Cancer Registry (PBCR) in the state as part of measures to contain the scourge.
Cancer registry is an organisation that provides epidemiological data on cancer useful for research, cancer prevention, and planning and evaluation of health services, among others.
The experts made the commendation on Friday in Yola while speaking at the one year anniversary of the registry.
Professor Sa’ad Ahmed of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, in Kaduna state said the centre would enhance surveillance and proper planning of cancer control in the state.
Sa’ad, a professor of Pathology, who noted that cancers were preventable or curable if detected early, urged for increase awareness campaign to promote early detection.
He also tasked government on more commitment to cancer control through proper funding and coordination of cancer registries across the country.
Also, a Consultant Pathologist from the University of Maiduguri, Professor Haruna Ngadda, lauded the establishment of the registry and urged Federal Government to also implement the Nigerian Cancer Control Plan 2018-2022 in addressing the scourge.
“Cancer burden in Nigeria is under-estimated because of the poor quality data, few population based cancer registries, lack of awareness, inadequate healthcare facilities in terms of infrastructure and manpower, government policy gives less attention to health,” Ngadda said.
In their respective remarks, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Fatima Atiku, and the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Professor Auwal Abubakar, enumerated the contributions of their respective organisations in the setting up of the Adamawa Cancer Registry, and re-iterated their sustained support for its success.
They urged staff of the registry to work closely with them in making the registry the best in the country.
The Chairman of the occasion and Speaker, Adamawa House of Assembly, Alhaji Kabiru Mijinyawa, noted the deadly nature of cancerous diseases and pledged the assembly’s readiness to support any effort to combat cancer with the necessary legal backing to succeed.
The Director of the registry, Dr Nasiru Raheem, urged for more support and collaboration from all stakeholders in areas of funding and active participation in order to achieve its objectives.
In Nigeria, over 100,000 new cancer cases occurred every year, with high case fatality ratio.
According to GLOBOCAN research, the leading killer cancers in Nigeria are Lung, Breast, Colorectal, Prostate, Stomach, Liver, Cervix and Oesaphagus.