By Charles Nwaoguji
Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) sensitized 88,627 community members against cancer between January and July 2020 as well as screened 158beneficiaries under the LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) project in Nigeria.
Acting Executive Director of LAPO, Dr Ayobami Honestus Obadiora noted that a total of 294 persons were referred for treatment in government-approved health facilities while 33 others with health conditions were closely monitored to ensure adherence to medical advice.
Dr. Obadiora who asserted that the project is aimed at preventing and mitigating cancer-related deaths in Nigeria expressed concern that almost 102,000 new cases of cancer occur annually in Nigeria with over 60% in women due to breast and cervical cancer.
He traced the main barriers to cancer control in Nigeria to poor access to screening services and inadequate awareness, noting that with early detection, over 80% of cancer cases are preventable while 40% of the disease can be eradicated by lifestyle changes.
The Acting Executive Director advised women to regularly ascertain their health status adding that as breast and cervical cancer pose a serious threat to their lives, adding that the organization that LAPO has over the years been involved in community health improvement and health facility upgrading in rural communities.