LAPO Combats Cancer, Sensitizes 19,441 Community Members

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has restated its commitment to cancer prevention in Nigeria through the implementation of the LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) project.

In the First Half of 2023, Dr. Honestus Obadiora said LAPO conducted mass cancer awareness campaign in target States and sensitized 19,441 community members.

The Executive Director disclosed that 164 persons were screened and referred for further screening and treatment in government-approved health facilities.

He noted that 37,412 community members were also enlightened on cancer through Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials during the period.

Dr. Obadiora said the organization has since 2016 been involved in the battle against cancer through the implementation of the LAPO-C4) project in Nigeria with Lagos, Imo, Abuja, Rivers and Edo as focal states.

He noted that the organisation has over the years played a major role in improving the health conditions of rural community members by addressing maternal and child health issues, the challenges of malaria and other tropical diseases across the country.

The Executive Director explained that more than 50% of cancer cases occur in developing countries, disclosing that the ailment is the second most common causes of death after cardiovascular disease, constituting 12% of all deaths  and killing more people than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

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