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LAPO Combats Cancer, Sensitizes 157,865 Community Members

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LAPO Combats Cancer, Sensitizes 157,865 Community Members

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

Over the years, the organization has 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.

Between January and June 2021, LAPO created mass awareness about cancer in target communities under the LAPO-C4 project, sensitized 157,865 community members against cancer, screened 4,857 persons and referred 3,712 for further screening and treatment in government-approved health facilities.

The Executive Director, Dr. Honestus Ayobami Obadiora traced the issues militating against cancer control in Nigeria to inadequate awareness and poor access to screening services, expressing concern that almost 102,000 new cases of cancer occur annually in Nigeria with over 60% in women due to breast and cervical cancer.

Dr. Obadiora advised women to regularly check their health status as breast and cervical cancer pose a serious threat to their lives, adding that with early detection; over 80% of cancer cases are preventable while 40% of the disease can be eradicated by lifestyle changes.

 


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