Prof. Oladapo Campbell, Consultant Radiotherapist, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, says more than 300,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Nigeria annually.
He said in an interview in Ibadan yesteday that of the 300,000 cases of cancer diagnosed annually, only 10,000 cases could be managed, while the remaining 290,000 cases were untreated. Campbell, however, noted that breast and cervical cancer in women; prostate cancer in men and head and neck cancer were predominant of the cancer cases in Nigeria.
The consultant said that some of the cancer cases, such as cervical, prostrate and breast were preventable if detected at an early stage. “If there is regular screening you can prevent non-invasive type from becoming invasive type; once they are not invasive they will not manifest as breast cancer,’’ he said.