OVER 14 million people Worldwide develop cancer every year, the minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Jummai Al-Hassan has said.
Al-Hassan described cancer as one of the world’s greatest health epidemics of the 21st century.
The minister made the revelation yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara state during the commissioning of one of the 28 cancer screening centres built by the Live Empowered Anchors Hope (LEAH) charity foundation of the wife of Kwara state governor, Mrs Omolewa Ahmed.
She said that cancer related deaths have surpassed deaths attributed to HIV virus, TB and malaria combined, adding that WHO statistics revealed that the figure is projected to rise to 21 million by 2030.
“Global cancer epidemic is huge and on steady rise. Estimate shows that one out of every three persons will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. By 2030, it is projected that one in every two persons will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
“More than 14 million people are said to develop cancer every year. This figure is projected to rise to 21 million by 2030. According to WHO current data, cancer
is responsible for almost one in every six deaths globally. Each year about 8.8 million people die from cancer and two third of the death occurred in developing countries including Nigeria.
“WHO records show that 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer every year and 80,000 died from the disease. 240 Nigerians die every day or 10 Nigerians die of cancer every hour and it is one of the worst records in the whole world,” she said.
The minister, who said that contracting cancer was not due to bad luck as superstitiously held by some people, added that scientific reports related cancer to environmental factors, things related to lifestyle, genes and some unknown factors, stressing that healthy weight, right eating, and no smoking habit could reduce chance of developing cancer.
She also said that regular screening and early detection of cancer could help its incidences, commending the wife of the governor on her efforts through the foundation at tackling the magnitude of the epidemic in Nigeria.