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Cancer kills 7.4m people

ABUJA—Cancer killed  7.4 million people in 2004 alone, with more than 70 per cent of its victims recorded in developing countries, Minister of Health, Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, said.
The minister stated this when the Ningim Hope Alive Foundation, a non-government organisation owned by Dame Tumi Akogun, wife of  Mr. Tunde Akogun, Majority Leader, House of Representatives, offered the people of Akoko Edo Federal Constituency of Edo State free medical services at the General Hospital, Igarra.

There, Mrs. Helen Mark, wife of the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, urged others to rise in support of the organisation’s efforts to fight cancer in the country.

Osotimehin, through a representative, called on stakeholders to support programmes that would help people detect early signs of cancer and seek quick treatment.

Some of the symptoms, he noted include lumps, sores, persistent ingestion, coughing and bleeding from body orifices.

He commended the efforts of the president of Ningim Alive Foundation, Dame Akogun, for her efforts as chief advocate for cancer prevention.

Earlier, Dame Akogun said her foundation was committed to promoting good health for the community as the fight against cancer and other preventable diseases must be tackled.

She noted that every year, half a million new cases of cervical cancer were reported with a quarter of a million deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.

She called on the people of Akoko Edo to take advantage of the free medical treatment, pointing out that her decision to bring home the programme was borne out of her desire to mitigate the cost of treatment, regarding the poverty of the people.

The Director-General of Consumer Protection Council, Mrs. Ify Umenyi, lauded the campaign aimed at educating consumers on cancer, its preventive measures and early detection.

Umenyi attributed the causes of cancer to tobacco smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, diet low or deficient in fruits and vegetables and limited physical exercise, among others.

She, however, urged participants on the occasion to convey the message of cancer awareness to all parts of the country, stressing that all Nigerians needed to guard themselves against the cancer-monster and other diseases.

Earlier, Dame Akogun said her foundation was committed to promoting good health for the community as the fight against cancer and other preventable diseases must be tackled.

She noted that every year, half a million new cases of cervical cancer were reported with a quarter of a million deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.

She called on the people of Akoko Edo to take advantage of the free medical treatment, pointing out that her decision to bring home the programme was borne out of her desire to mitigate the cost of treatment, regarding the poverty of the people.


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