General Research

Cancer on the increase among Nigerians

A study published in Cancer Epidemiology by Ima-Obong Ekanem and Parkin DM has reported an increasing rate of cancer among Nigerians.

The study, which used a sample population of two Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Calabar between the period of 2009 to 2013, reported that a total of “719 new cases were registered comprising 320 men (an age-standardised incidence rate (ASR) of 78.8 per 100,000) and 399 women (ASR of 86.9 per 100,000).”

The researchers discovered that the most prevalent type of cancer among women with 60.6 percent was the breast and cervical cancers, with higher occurrence in younger women. Men recorded more cases of Prostate cancer was the (with a case of 50.8 per 100,000).

The study calls for more public awareness on the increasing rate of cancer in Nigeria, and the need for improved medical facilities for early intervention and management of cancer cases.

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