Saturday, May 28, 2022

One million Nigerians, Sub-Saharan Africans to die of cancer by 2030: Report

The report noted that about 4.2 per cent Africans made up the global population of newly detected cancer cases in 2020.

• May 10, 2022
Cancer symbol used to illustrate the story
Cancer symbol used to illustrate the story

The Lancet Oncology has projected that one million Nigerians and other sub-Saharan Africans would die of cancer by 2030, if urgent intervention were not provided.

“Annual cancer deaths in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) could reach 1 million by 2030, nearly double the 520,000 deaths from cancer that occurred in 2020,” projected the Lancet Oncology Commission in its latest report.

The Commission’s experts noted that about 4.2 per cent Africans made up the global population of newly detected cancer cases in 2020, as many women presented with breast and cervical cancers, the most common forms of cancer in the region.

The report predicted that African women have a 14 per cent chance of developing cancer by the age of 75.

In 2020, breast cancer ranked first in 28 and 19 sub-Saharan nations, while cervical cancer had the highest mortality rate in 21 countries as 1 in 100 patients lost their lives to the terminal disease.

Meanwhile, the African menfolk were ravaged by prostate cancer with over 77,300 recorded cases followed by liver cancer (24,700 cases) and colorectal cancer (23,400 cases).

Blaming the upsurge in cases on “ageing populations, increasing adoption of westernised lifestyles, patients presenting with late-stage cancer, and lack of awareness about cancer risk factors,” the team of oncologists stated.

The commission noted that many patients with breast cancer did not “initiate treatment or abandoned it following initiation”, increasing the chances of death.

“Of non-metastatic breast cancer patients requiring chemotherapy, in countries such as Nigeria, treatment abandonment was as high as 38%,” stated the report.

Some of the recommendations by the Lancet Commission to reduce cancer cases and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa include the incorporation of cancer care into essential benefits packages and national health insurance systems, piloting early cancer screening and detection programmes, investment in telehealth and other digital health solutions.

Other solutions proffered are establishment of national cancer research institutes with funding streams, inclusion of palliative care for cancer patients, development of national cancer control plans with sustained financing.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Photo of Nigerian Correctional Service HQ used to illustrate this story

NationWide

Abubakar Umar appointed Nigerian Correctional Service spokesperson

Mr Umar takes over from Francis Enobore, who served in that capacity for seven years and has retired from service.

Politics

LIVE: Delegates begin voting at PDP presidential convention 2022

The open-secret ballot system will be used during the exercise, which is being coordinated by former Senate President David Mark.

Musiliu Obanikoro

Politics

Like Babajide, Musiliu Obanikoro loses APC senatorial ticket in Lagos

Mr Obanikoro’s son, Babajide Obanikoro, had on Friday lost the APC ticket for a return to the House of Representatives.

Adams Oshiomhole Photo Credit Channels

States

Oshiomhole wins Edo North APC senatorial ticket

Mr Oshiomhole scored 309 votes to defeat his opponent and incumbent senator, Francis Alimikhena, who polled five votes.

Danjuma Goje

Politics

Danjuma Goje clinches Gombe Central senatorial ticket

Senator Danjuma Goje is hoping to be reelected in the 2023 general elections.