4th February 2023
  • 9:11 pm Through the Eyes of Ides Ofune – Women Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Motherhood and Higher Education
  • 11:32 am Meet the 2022 shortlisted authors for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing.
  • 5:13 am 6 African startups among World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers 2022 cohort
  • 1:01 pm Canadian Based NGO GoldenKes Foundation holds First Empowerment Program in Nigeria 
  • 5:38 am Meet the 6 Africans shortlisted for 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
  • 7:49 am Facebook invests in fibre optic cables to improve internet access in Edo State

The theme for the World Cancer day 2022 is “close the care gap”. Globally, cancer remains one of the major causes of deaths. There are almost 20 million cases worldwide, with half of them resulting in death. Sadly, the lack of a cure exacerbates the problem. The causes of this condition have not been identified as experts only work with risk factors. In Africa, more than half of its 1.1 million cancer cases result in death. This is due to a number of factors including poor/lack of proper diagnostics, healthcare facilities and poverty.

This year 2022, the World Health organization seeks to focus on breast cancer (a common type of cancer), cervical cancer and childhood cancer. The organization will be setting up a Cancer Centre: a WHO-IAEA Framework. This framework will be for establishing a cancer center and also strengthening other existing centres.

According to the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, national screening programmes are now operational in 72% countries. Eleven of these programmes offer high-performance screening. Zambia, Senegal and Ghana have developed specific treatments and improved access to chemotherapy. However, there is a big gap in healthcare. Treatments are still expensive and scarce in rural areas. Home based treatments and establishment of cancer centres in rural areas might solve these problems.

Furthermore, cancer occurs when normal cells begin to grow abnormally. This can cause malignant tumors, leading to disease. Smoking tobacco or cigarettes and exposure to polluted air are risk factors. Maintaining a healthy body weight, healthy diet and having enough physical activity may reduce the risk of the condition. It is important to consult a medical practitioner when you detect unusual symptoms.

Read more on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The World Cancer day 2022 reminds us to learn more on cancer and spread the right information. Together, we can close the gap.

Ruth Torty

Ruth Torty is a biochemist, and freelance science writer. She writes to shed light on health issues, rare diseases and science research in Nigeria. She is also a creative writer and has published on different literary sites including Spillwords and Nnoko Stories. She is passionate about genomics and its role in healthcare.