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Why More Women Will Be Cancer Free In 2022

INIDEMAINLAND – The Lagos State Government has said it plans to screen 100,000 women for breast and cervical cancer annually for free.

This was disclosed by The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr Olusegun Ogboye at the Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area Secretariat during a community outreach campaign program held to commemorate World Cancer Day in Lagos.

Ogboye stated that free screenings for breast and cervical cancer have since commenced in 62 State health facilities including designated General Hospitals offering gynaecology and obstetrics care services and flagship primary health care centres across the State.

He noted that this year’s World Cancer Day with the theme ‘Close The Care Gap’ has provided yet another opportunity to improve awareness on cancer and to encourage its prevention through early screening and detection, diagnosis and prompt treatment of the various types of cancers.

Commenting, he said; “Cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Globally, nearly one in six deaths is due to cancer and 70 per cent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries such as Nigeria”