Over 8,000 women are losing their lives in Nigeria annually, due to cervical cancer - Medical Women reveal

Over 8,000 women diagnosed with cervical cancer, are losing their lives annually in Nigeria


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Over 8,000 women are losing their lives in Nigeria annually, due to cervical cancer - Medical Women reveal


 

Over 8,000 women diagnosed with cervical cancer, are losing their lives annually in Nigeria, Fresh Angle International has learnt.

 

The figure was made known by the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, at the official kickoff of free cervical screening for all Women in Kogi State.

 

Speaking to newsmen Friday March 5, as part of activities to mark the 2021 International Women's Day, the President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Kogi State Chapter, Dr. Abimbola Adesanya, said Cancer of the Cervix is ranked amongst the top three cancers affecting women globally.

 

Our Kogi State Correspondent reports that Dr. Adesanya, said in 2018, an estimated 570,000 women were diagnosed with cancer of the cervix worldwide.

 

Dr. Adesanya, who is a Consultant Public Health Physician at Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, added that over 300,000 women die annually from the disease with over 80% of cases occurring in developed countries.

 

“In Nigeria, an estimated 10,000 new cases are being diagnosed every year, with 8,000 women dying from the cancer every year”, she added.

 

She averred that this year’s International Women’s Day came at a time the world is battling with a common enemy called “Coronavirus”, adding that the screening will help women know their cancer status and how to go about it for treatment.

 

While stating that scientist have not been able to ascertain the actual cause of cancer, Dr. Adesanya, maintained that there are risk factors that could make a women get cancer. 

 

The Theme of this year’s The International Women’s Day, is 'Women in leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World”. It is observed globally every year on March 8.

 

The day was first celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, according to the International Media.

 

The lineage of the celebration can be traced back to 1908, when 15,000 female workers marched in New York City as they sought more humane working hours, better pay and the right to vote.



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Odimayo Olatunde Frederick
graduate of Mass Communication and Kogi State Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper
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