Lagos - Prostate cancer killed 14 men everyday in Nigeria, Dr Abia Nzelu,
Coordinator, National Cancer Prevention Programme (NCPP), Lagos State
branch, has said.
Nzelu, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday, noted that the figure was based on studies.
She said that most men report their cancer cases late when the
symptoms had already manifested and attributed the situation to
According to her, people die unnecessarily, even when they are diagnosed because there are no facilities to treat them.
“Prostate cancer, the second commonest cancer in men, kills 14 men in
Nigeria every day. This is not acceptable because it can be prevented.
“India has over 120 comprehensive cancer centres and we don’t have
even one centre that has everything to take care of any kind of cancer
that can carry out world class research.
`` We need something like this in our own country, because apart from
the fact that those that have, can afford it and travel, what of those
“In Nigeria, cancer is like a death sentence that is why most deaths here are unnecessary; they are untimely.
“When we had the Dana crash, we are all shouting, but each day people
are dying of cancer. Because, they are dying silently, we are not doing
anything about it.”
Nzelu said that the prevention should be through life style
modification, screening and routine checkups, at least once a year for
those who are 40 and above.
She said that regular exercise, losing weight and imbibing the
culture of health maintenance could reduce the risk by 50 per cent.
She advocated the establishment of cancer centres in each of the
six-geo-political zones, adding that such centres could be built through
self-help projects rather than waiting for government.
“The only way to go about it is to get our own comprehensive cancer centres and we cannot wait for government to get them.
“And so the Nigerian Communications Commission has created a platform
through which everybody, irrespective of economic status, can
contribute, can save own life and save the lives of other people.
“By just contributing N100; by texting `Cancer`to 44777; we will be
able to achieve this; we will be able to build these cancer centres in
the six geo-political zones.
“We will be able to have it at affordable rate for the poor people.
Nigerians should join hands together so that we will achieve this great
and noble venture.
“Because together it is possible, that was the theme of this year`s cancer day.”