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World Cancer Day: LAPO Holds Cancer Sensitization Campaign, Emphasizes Regular Medical Screening

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World Cancer Day: LAPO Holds Cancer Sensitization Campaign, Emphasizes Regular Medical Screening

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has enjoined Nigerians to embrace the culture of regular medical cancer screening as a preventive measure against the infection.

Speaking at the 2020 World Cancer Day Campaign organised by LAPO in Benin City, the Executive Director, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo expressed concern that cancer is now a major cause of mortality in Nigeria with over 100,000 persons diagnosed yearly and about 80% die even though over 80% of the disease is preventable with early detection.

Idowu-Osehobo said the organization initiated the LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO -C4) project in 2016 towards preventing and mitigating cancer-related deaths in Nigeria through mass awareness creation, screening services for the detection of pre-malignant conditions and building referral linkages for the uptake of medical services. The project is being implemented in collaboration with 13 Community-Based Organizations across Lagos, Edo, Imo, Abuja and Rivers State.

She stated that LAPO has created cancer awareness amongst Five Million community members till date, screened 27,689 community members for the ailment, referred 19,893 for screening with 339 persons with health conditions referred for treatment in government-approved health facilities. READ MORE

 

 


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