Founder of Medicaid Cancer Foundation (MCF), Dr. Zainab Bagudu, said early detection of cancer is vital to preventing the disease in the country.
She said most cancer cases in Nigeria are detected at late stages when there is 5% cure rate while in developed countries, it is detected early at stage 1 and 2 which has a 95% cure rate.
She made this known at the weekend in Abuja during an advocacy and awareness walk on early detection and prevention of cancer.
Dr. Bagudu, who is also the wife of the Kebbi State governor, said the 5km awareness campaign tagged “Walk away cancer” was aimed at sensitizing people on the different preventive measures and detection of cancer.
She said make a case for cancer in the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as well as the inclusion of cancer treatment in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) due to the expensive nature of treatment.
Rashida Yahaya Bello and Sherifat Aregbesola, the first ladies of Kogi and Osun state respectively also expressed their readiness to replicate the campaign especially at the grassroots in their various states.
Earlier in his remarks, Kebbi State governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu said cancer also degenerates when it is not detected early and that the initiative became a huge success with the support of the federal government, the entertainment industry, civil societies, Nigerian Cancer Society and sporting organizations.