Statistically Cancer is responsible for almost 1 in 6 deaths globally. More than 14million people develop cancer every year and this may rise to over 21million by 2030.
World cancer day is a day observed across the globe.over the weekend WHO released some figures.
According to WHO “Over 8.8million cancer deaths are recorded yearly globally, out of which an estimated 80,000 out of the 8.8million are Nigerians”.It is observed that many cancer cases are diagnosed too late.
However, the world health organization has called on specialist to pay special attention to early diagnosis of people living with cancer, because most oncological diseases are curable, if discovered early. Over 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer yearly , and about 80,000 die from the disease, Averagely 240 Nigerians everyday or 10 Nigerians every hour die from cancer.
WHO’S new guide to early cancer diagnosis include;
Improving public awareness of different cancer symptoms and encourage people to seek care when the need arises.
Investing in strengthening and equipping health services and also training health workers so they can conduct accurate and timely diagnosis and ensure people living with cancer can access safe and effective treatment, including pain relief, without incurring prohibitive personal or financial hardship.
Also Nigerians have poor attitude towards preventive health care, as many giving in for medical check-up is not in the habit of most people.
WHO encouraged Nigerians and other countries to prioritize basic, high impact and low-cost cancer diagnosis and treatment services. It also recommends reducing the need for people to pay for health care services from their own pockets, which prevents many from seeking help in the first place.
Comprehensive Cancer control consists of early diagnosis and screening, treatment, palliative care and survivorship care, we should all be a part of the comprehensive national Cancer control plans. WHO has put in place a comprehensive Cancer control guidance to help government develop and implement such plans to protect people from developing cancer and also treat those needing care.