By Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
The President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, (MWAN) Kogi State Chapter, Dr Abimbola Adesanya on Friday in Lokoja said no fewer than 8,000 women diagnosed with cancer of the cervix loss their lives annually in Nigeria.
Adesanya who disclosed this at the official kickoff of free cervical screening for all Women in Kogi State as part of the activities to mark the “2021 International Women’s Day,” in Lokoja said Cancer of the cervix is ranked amongst the top three cancers affecting women globally.
She 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, pointed out 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 were diagnosed every year, with 8000 women dying from the cancer every year while in 2018, an estimated 570,000 women were diagnosed with cancer of the cervix worldwide” She added.
The consultant averred that this year’s international women day is coming at a time the world is battling with a common enemy called “corona virus” adding that the screening will help women know their cancer status and how to go about it for treatment.
Dr Adesanya maintained that, though scientist have not been able to ascertain the actual cause of cancer, but there are risk factors that could make a women get cancer.
The international women’s day which is observed globally on the 8th of March annually has this year Theme: ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.”
According to the international media, the day was first celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland,
“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.”