Death figures of women who lose their lives to cervical cancer yearly in Nigeria is put at no fewer than 9,000, an Oncologist, Kehinde Okunade, has disclosed.
Okunade, who is the Director of Sebeccly Cancer Care and Support Centre disclosed this on Saturday in Lagos, at a Health Sensitisation and Screening for Health Writers Association of Nigeria(HEWAN).
He said cervical cancer had killed more people worldwide than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria put together.
“More than 14, 550 Nigerian women are infected with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the major cause of cancer of the cervix.
“In spite of this statistics, there is evidence that utilisation of screening for prevention of the disease is poor in Nigeria.
“I am calling on women of reproductive age to observe regular cervical cancer screening because any woman who is sexually active is at risk,’’ Okunade said.
Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer of Sebeccly, Omolola Salako, said that early detection through screening and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions remained the best possible protection against cancer of the cervix.
Dr. Salako said that it would take 10 to 15 years for the cells of the cervix to grow abnormal and become cancerous.