Abuja (NAN) Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Olanrewaju Tejuoso APC, Ogun Central), on Saturday advised Nigerians to take advantage of cancer screening facilities provided by the government for early detection and treatment. Tejuoso gave the advice while speaking with newsmen on the sidelines of the “2017 Walk Against Cancer’’ in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Cancer Day is observed every Feb. 4, and the theme for 2017 is: “We Can, I Can”.
Tejuoso said, “Nigerians should take advantage of screening facilities provided by the government or even go to the private health establishment to check their breast, cervix and prostate to confirm their status.
“If they do so, they could prevent it early, and not let it get to the stage where it is irreversible, and that will inevitably lead to death.
“This cancer we are all talking about kills about 72,000 Nigerians every year; about 30 women die daily of breast cancer and about 14 men die daily of prostate cancer in Nigeria.
“These are all preventable deaths; if we go for regular screening, such deaths will be prevented.’’
The senator said that the National Assembly would henceforth give cancer treatment the needed priority in the nation’s health budget.
“We need to have Cancer Screening Centres all over the country; we need to ensure that all the Primary Healthcare Centres have facilities to screen Nigerians so that the needless deaths of our people can stop.
“However, the closest government officials to the grassroots are the legislators. If legislators will go back home to also sensitise their people on the need for regular screening and treatment of cancer, it will make Nigeria better and the prevalence will drop drastically,’’ Tejuoso said.