Lagos prescreens 100,000 women for breast and cervical cancer screening

The Lagos State government has revealed that as many as 100,000 women will benefit from its free breast and cervical cancer screening as part of its plan to ensure early detection and treatment of the disease deadly.

In a statement on its Facebook page on Saturday titled ‘Lagos will screen 100,000 women for breast and cervical cancer each year’, the state government said the move was aimed at ensuring a cancer-free society. and healthy in the state and to commemorate World Cancer Day 2022.

The Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Olusegun Ogboye revealed this at the Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area Secretariat, the site of a community outreach campaign program organized to commemorate World Cancer Day in Lagos.

Ogboye said free breast and cervical cancer screenings have since begun at 62 health facilities across the state, including designated general hospitals offering gynecology and obstetrics care services and flagship primary health care centers across the state.

He noted that this year’s World Cancer Day, the theme of which was “Bridging the Care Gap”, provided another opportunity to raise awareness of cancer and encourage its prevention through screening and detection. early detection, diagnosis and rapid treatment of different types of cancer.

He said: “Cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Globally, almost one in six deaths is due to cancer and 70% of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries like Nigeria.”

Ogboye, while reiterating the need for periodic screening and lifestyle modification as preventive measures against non-communicable diseases, said the World Health Organization has reported that up to 40% of deaths due to cancer are preventable.

He noted that raising awareness of cancer prevention, screening and early treatment has become a very important goal for all stakeholders and citizens, stating, “The commemoration event of World Cancer Day This year’s cancer provided an opportunity to advocate with the residents of Ikosi-Isheri as well as all citizens and raise awareness of the importance of early detection, rapid diagnosis and treatment of cancers” .

The Permanent Secretary noted that as many as 200 women of childbearing age were screened for breast and cervical cancer during the outreach program in Ikosi-Isheri, adding that the state government will provide a free treatment for precancerous lesions of the cervix to women who need it.

“I want to encourage all of us to adopt a healthy and safe lifestyle. Let’s make sure we get regular screenings when needed and seek medical help early because prevention is always better, cheaper, preferable and less stressful than curative measures,” he said.

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