The Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) has marched against cancer in Lagos and Akure, Ondo State capital.
The rallies were to mark the World Cancer Day, Activities marking the day kicked off at the Police College Ikeja, where a researcher/global health expert, Dr.Kingsley Ndoh from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, Seattle, Washington, spoke on the importance of cancer prevention.
While Addressing reporters, Dr. Ndoh, who is in Nigeria on the invitation of the wife of Ondo State governor-elect Rotimi Akeredolu, Mrs .Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, said data released from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington showed cancer surpassed deaths attributable to Human Immuno Deficiency Virus (HIV), Tuberculosis (TB) and malaria combined.
“If we have the death of cancer surpassing malaria and HIV combined, we should have a lot to focus on in terms of our resources and ensure we tackle this 21st century global health problem. We are beginning to understand the prevalence of certain cancers in Africa and by knowing those numbers, we can know how to put our investments in the right place”, He further explained.
Mrs. Anyanwu-Akeredolu regretted that many cancer centres in the state were not working. She promised to make cancer a priority for the incoming administration in Ondo State.
A breast cancer survivor for over two decades, Mrs. Anyanwu-Akeredolu encouraged people to embrace a healthy lifestyle involving intakes of fruits, vegetables and physical activities.
The BRECAN train also moved to Akure, where Ondo women turned out in large numbers to mark the World Cancer Day. The event was chaired by Dr. Mojisola Atalabi-Oladele, chaiperson, Nigerian Medical Association, Oyo State Branch.