250,000 Nigerian women die of cancer annually says foundation
The wife of the governor of Kebbi State, Dr Zainab Bagudu, on Saturday, said about 250, 000 Nigerian women die of cancer annually.
She said this during a walk to create awareness on cancer in Abuja with the theme: “ Walk AwayCancer’’.
According to her, the walk is to create awareness as well as to try and save 250 women who die from cancer annually.
Bangudu noted that 95 per cent of women who developed it in the developed society, had five years of survival, saying that Nigeria had only five per cent survival rate.
She said that this year’s event was using football as a tool to mobilise and create awareness, adding that “cancer is a global epidemic but it is worse in Africa’’.
She, however, stressed the need for every hand to be on deck to remedy the poor statistics.
“Health care facilities in Nigeria are poor and weak and there is no effective screening system in place.
“We at MedicAid CancerFoundation are reaching out for the low and poor people, and to improve awareness and as well disabuse the minds of people about cultural and traditional beliefs that cancer is caused by witchcraft.
“We also bring people together to raise funds so as to help the poor and the ignorant women of Nigeria who are dying fromcancer yearly.“Early screening of the breast and cervical for cancer will help to effectively detect and treat it,” she said.