The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News 16 Jul, 2021 08:00 am

80% cancer cases presented late to oncologists in Nigeria, says expert

80% cancer cases presented late to oncologists in Nigeria, says expert
*Says non-specialist doctors compound cases through the wrong approach to treatment Consultant, Clinical Oncologist/ Lecturer, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Dr. Omolola Salako, has lamented that the country high rate of cancer fatality is due to the fact that patients are not presented to specialists on time for treatment.   She said 80 per […]

The specialist, who revealed that the country has 120,000 new cases of cancer annually, warned that non-specialists doctors compound the problem rather than help the situation by the wrong approach to cancer treatment.Speaking on the theme, Cancer Treatment with Special Reference to Chemotherapy – Pros and Cons, Salako stressed that regular periodic tests at qualified cancer facilities for early detection, treatment and possible cure are important.On cancer treatment, she said the country still has inadequate facilities as Nigeria only has 13 radiotherapy centres against 300 it’s needed.Ismail Zubair, said people doubt the efficacy of chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer, noting that side effects are not always as bad as people think, stressing that oncologists can prescribed doses that are high enough to destroy cancer cells at a level that minimise side effects.

According to her, the ratio of CO to new cancer cases in Nigeria is 1 to 1,250 and mortality at 70 per cent compared to the United States where the ratio is 1 to 137 and mortality 19 per cent.Anjorin said: “To further assist in curbing the increased rate in cancer cases, the government should look into industrial waste management, especially in major Nigeria cities due to increased rate of industrialisation.

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