LAPO Combats Cancer, Screens 16,139 Community Members

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) sensitized 1,200,229 community members against cancer between November 2017 and October 2018 as well as screened 16,139 beneficiaries under its Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) project in Nigeria.

A total of 10,237 persons were referred for screening while 141 persons with health conditions were referred to government-approved health facilities for treatment. Similarly, 44,843,889 beneficiaries were reached through the mass media and Information, Education and Enlightenment (IEC) materials in target states.

Overall, the LAPO-C4 project has benefitted 46,070,635 people from November 2017 to October 2018.

The project is designed to assist community members to detect cancer ailments early for uptake of preventive treatment.

The Executive Director of LAPO, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo who said the project is aimed at preventing and mitigating cancer-related deaths in Nigeria expressed concern that almost 102,000 new cases of cancer occur annually in Nigeria with over 60% in women due to breast and cervical cancer.

She traced the main barriers to cancer control in Nigeria to poor access to screening services and inadequate awareness noting that with early detection, over 80% of cancer cases are preventable while 40% of the disease can be eradicated by lifestyle changes.

Idowu-Osehobo advised women to ascertain their health status regularly as breast and cervical cancer pose a serious threat to their lives, adding that the organization has over the years been involved in community health sensitization and support for health facility upgrading in rural communities across the country.