Cancer Kills 72,000 Nigerians Yearly - NGO
Director, Project Pink Blue, Runcie Chidebe

The Executive Director, Project Pink Blue, an NGO, Mr Runcie Chidebe, said Nigeria records about 102,000 new cases of cancer every year and a significant low surviving rate.

Chidebe made this known to newsmen in Abuja.

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He said cancer was responsible for the death of 72,000 Nigeria annually.

According to him, less than 50 oncologists is not enough to cater for the cancer related cases in various health institutions in the country.

“In Nigeria, cancer is leading to 72,000 deaths yearly; this number is set to increase given that there are about 102,000 new cases of cancer every year and a significant low surviving rate.

“For a country with more than 180 million people and 102,000 new cases of cancer, there are less than 50 trained oncologists in Nigeria.

“For instance, survival rate for breast cancer in U.S. is 85 per cent, while it is a dismal 1.9 per cent to 10 per cent in Nigeria.

“This is partly due to absence of skilled professionals in cancer care, which leads to poor quality of service and poor treatment outcome,’’ Runcie said.

He stressed the need for the government at all levels to encourage more resident doctors to go abroad to train as oncologists that would tackle the rising cases of cancer in the country.