Expert laments 500,000 deaths to cancer yearly, urges aggressive screening
A gynecologist with the Nigeria Air Force Medical Centre, Benin City, Edo State, Dr. Ruqayyah Mustapha, yesterday, lamented the death of over 500,000 women yearly to cervical cancer globally.
She disclosed this at a one-day awareness campaign on cervical cancer organised by Sisters of Jannah (SOJ), a Muslim group for women to commemorate the cancer awareness month in Benin City.
She disclosed that about 100,000 new cases were detected yearly in Nigeria and urged women groups to carry out awareness campaigns to ensure that women in the state embark on aggressive screening for early detection of the disease.
Presenting a paper on Escaping And Surviving Cervical Cancer, Mustapha noted that the scourge was the second most common cancer among women worldwide, adding: “Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control.
“Cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. It is the second most common cancer among women worldwide. Over 500,000 women worldwide die of cervical cancer annually and about 100,000 new cases yearly in Nigeria”.
“Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has been the major culprit indicated as the cause of cervical cancer. Long lasting sexually transmitted infection (STIs) with certain types of HPV may lead to cancer and there are about 100 strains of HPV but the most commonly implicated is HPV-16 and HPV-18.”
She stressed that other cancers caused by the virus include, vulva ca, vaginal ca, penile ca, anal ca, rectal ca and throat ca, saying those at risk of infection were women above 30, women with multiple sex partners and those who have given birth to at least three or more children.