February 4th is World Cancer Day. And talking about Cancer, this has become a major source of morbidity and mortality globally. It has been said to be the third deadliest disease after HIV/AIDS and Malaria. In 2008, there were 12.7 million new cases and 7.6 million cancer-related deaths. 56% of these newly reported cancer cases occurred in developing countries and it is projected that by 2030, 70% of all new cases of cancer will be found in developing countries.
In Nigeria, some 100 000 new cases of cancer occur every year, with high case fatality ratio. And with approximately 20% of the population of Africa and slightly more than half the population of West Africa, Nigeria contributed 15% to the estimated 681,000 new cases of cancer that occurred in Africa in 2008.
On the other divide however, precisely in the US on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017; Health Day News reports that Cancer death rates in the United States have dropped by 25 percent and this decline in cancer mortality is primarily the result of large declines in the four major causes of cancer death — lung, colorectal, breast and prostate — which account for almost half of all cancer deaths. This progress is driven by amongst other things, improvements in the early detection of cancer and cancer treatment. The result is that there are about 2 million fewer cancer deaths than would be expected if cancer death rates had remained at their peak.
The crucial nature of the above statistics is to call on all and sundry to support the drive towards promoting cancer awareness as it has been discovered that early detection saves lives.
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#IStandWithProjectPinkBlue and together, we can make Cancer history in Nigeria, Africa and beyond. God Bless you!!!