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LAPO Combats Cancer, Sensitizes 88,627 Community Members

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LAPO Combats Cancer, Sensitizes 88,627 Community Members





Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has restated its commitment to preventing and mitigating cancer-related morbidity and mortality in Nigeria through the implementation of the innovative LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) programme.

The Executive Director, Dr. Honestus Ayobami Obadiora made this known while addressing Journalists in Benin City.

He said the organization 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 poverty is further reinforced by diseases.


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

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, he traced the main barriers to cancer control in Nigeria to poor access to screening services and inadequate awareness.

The Executive Director 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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