WIFE of the Niger State Governor and founder Raise Foundation, Dr. Amina Abubakar Sani Bello has called on Nigerians to go for cancer screening, adding that early detection and prevention is the only available cure for cancer disease. Dr. Amina Bello who stated this on Saturday during a walk for cancer awareness in Minna, described cancer as one of the biggest causes of death globally, pointing out that late presentation of cancer cases, especially in the developing world is responsible for high death rate of cancer patients. According to her, “the essence of this walk is to raise awareness about cancer and how it can be prevented. The five kilometres walk which will be sustained is the best for everyone. “We will sustain this walk as the Raise foundation has opened screening centres across the State in the three senatorial districts. “I tell you this, before some people come to the hospital, they are already looking sick such that it will be difficult to perform any surgical operation on the patient. Early detection is the best and so, everyone must go for cancer screening.” She identified ageing as one of the fundamental factors for the development of cancer and the global burden of cancer continues to increase largely because of the growth of the ageing world population in addition to cancer causing behaviours such as smoking and alcohol use. Dr. Amina singled out tobacco smoking as the greatest avoidable factor for cancer mortality worldwide, causing an estimated 22% of all cancer death globally annually. She suggested among other things, the elimination of tobacco smoking which accounts for about 70% of all lung cancer, unhealthy lifestyle of the people in third world countries and above all, the reduction or elimination of alcohol as some of the best prevention strategies for cancer control. Also, the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, FUT, Minna, Professor Musbau Akanji while describing the exercise as timely, pledged on behalf of the University to partner with the Foundation, adding that, the Federal University of Technology, FUT, Minna has lost some of its staff to the dreaded cancer disease in recent time.

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