Breast cancer accounts for 25% malignancy cases in Nigeria hospitals- Oncologist


A Surgical Oncologist, Dr Ademola Adeyeye, says breast cancer accounts for 25 per cent of cancer and tumour cases presented in Nigerian hospitals.
Adeyeye, who works at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Ilorin, also decried the high prevalence of breast cancer in Nigeria.
Briefing newsmen on Wednesday in Ilorin, he attributed the increasing incidence of annual deaths from cancer to the late presentation of cases for treatment.
According to him, research shows that one out of 18 women in the country is at risk of developing breast cancer.
“There is annual record of about 30,000 women losing their lives to cancer disease in the country.
“The incidence of cancer is increasing globally, especially among younger people.
“One out of eight Caucasian women are likely to develop breast cancer in their lifetime while in Nigeria, one out of 18 females are susceptible to it.
“Cancer is something we have to be concerned about; it  is dreaded in the western world and as such called the ‘Big C’,’’ he said.
Adeyeye, who is also a member, Society of Oncology and Cancer Research of Nigeria (SOCRON), said that breast cancer constitutes a public health issue globally, with millions of new cases diagnosed annually.
He, however, decried lack of reliable national data on cancer, saying that available figures do not reflect the current realities.
“On the burden of cancer in Nigeria, unfortunately, we do not have reliable national figures from results emanating from hospitals and individuals.
“That is not the full representation of cases of cancer that occur in our country,” he said.
The expert said that in a global effort to raise awareness on breast cancer, October has been declared for the purpose.
“October is a month where efforts are expended to educate and sensitise people and stakeholders about the disease, including early identification and signs and symptoms associated with breast cancer.
According to him, comprehensive breast cancer control consists of prevention, early diagnosis and screening, treatment, palliative care, as well as survivorship care. (NAN)

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