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Nigeria’s First Lady and wife of the President, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu has harped on the importance to raise awareness and elaborate further the message of prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer.

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Mrs Tinubu said this in a statement to mark this year’s annual World Cancer Day, saying this year’s theme of “Close the care gap”, is appropriate.

Nigeria joins the global cancer care community to commemorate the World Cancer Day, with the slogan “Close the care gap”, and the call to unite voices and take action.

She said the theme for this year, “Closing the Care Gap,” speaks to the fact that the Nation is to deepen efforts in putting in place necessary infrastructure to address these health challenges towards better care for cancer patients and survivors.

“No one should have to face the challenges of cancer alone. Let us continue to show empathy, care, love, and support for cancer patients and survivors, even as we create more awareness and advocacy for better service delivery”, she said.

“Also we are to celebrate those who are cancer free”.

It is on record that cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 19 million new cases and close to 10 million cancer-related deaths every year.

According to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) cancer agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), latest estimates, indicate that about one in five people develop cancer in their lifetime, approximately one in nine men and one in 12 women die from the disease.

The health organisation noted that more than 60 per cent of the world’s total new annual cases occur in low and middle income countries, which account for about 70 per cent of cancer deaths.

It is also estimated that 57 per cent of new cancer cases and 47 per cent of cancer deaths occurred in people 69 years of age and younger, in the prime of their lives, while the cancer burden will increase by approximately 60 per cent over the next two decades, further straining health systems, people, and communities.

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