CANCER IS THE No. 1 KILLER OF MANKIND. It kills more people than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
Cancer is now being diagnosed in one out of every three persons
Nigeria has the 13th lowest life expectancy in the world, and cancer is a major contributor
80% of cancer deaths worldwide occur in developing countries like Nigeria.
100, 000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer every year; 80,000 die from cancer every year (WHO estimate) i.e. 10 Nigerians die every hour
The death ratio from cancer in Nigeria is 4 in 5. This is the worst death ratio in the world.
40 Nigerian women die every day from breast cancer.
One Nigerian woman dies every hour from cervical cancer. With early detection it is 100% preventable.
Every day 26 Nigerian men die from prostate cancer.
Every year 9000 Nigerians have liver cancer and 8900 die.
Every two hours a Nigerian dies from colorectal cancer.
Every two hours a Nigerian dies from Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Every year 2850 Nigerians have Leukaemia (blood cancer) and 2700 die.
Every day 5 Nigerians die from stomach cancer.
4 Nigerian women die every day from cancer of the ovary (ovarian cancer).
4 Nigerians die every day from bladder cancer.
THE INTERNATIONAL AGENCY FOR RESEARCH ON CANCER (IARC) has predicted there will be 21 million new cancer cases globally and 13 million cancer deaths every year by the year 2030 whilst death from infectious diseases will fall by 7 million/yr.
Fortunately, ONE – THIRD OF CANCERS ARE PREVENTABLE, ONE- THIRD CURABLE AND LAST THIRD CAN HAVE GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE WITH ADEQUATE CARE (WHO 2002)