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LAPO Combats Cancer, Sensitizes 88,627 Community Members

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has expressed its determination to the prevention of cancer-related morbidity and mortality in Nigeria with the implementation of the LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) project.

The Executive Director, Dr. Honestus Ayobami Obadiora said the organisation has over the years been involved in community health improvement and playing a major role in addressing the challenges of malaria, maternal and child health issues particularly in rural communities across the country as LAPO believes that poverty is further reinforced by diseases.

Between November 2016 and December 2020, he said LAPO created massive awareness about cancer in over 46 communities across the country under the LAPO-C4 project, sensitized 83,405,597 target community members against cancer, screened 38,595 persons and referred 26,215 for further screening and treatment in government-approved health facilities.

Dr. Obadiora 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.

He 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.

The Acting Executive Director advised women to regularly ascertain their health status as breast and cervical cancer pose a serious threat to their lives, adding that good health is crucial and central to poverty reduction efforts.

Benin City    February 5, 2021

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