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Nigeria loses over 8,000 women to cervix cancer annually – Kogi Medical Women

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Medical Women Association of Nigeria has revealed that over 8,000 women who are diagnosed of cervical cancer dies annually.

The Association gave this figure at the official kickoff
of free cervical screening for all Women in Kogi State on Friday.

Addressing journalists on the development on Friday
to mark activities of the 2021 International Women’s Day, the President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Kogi State Chapter, Dr Abimbola Adesanya said Cancer of the cervix is ranked amongst the top three cancers affecting women globally.

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She said in 2018, an estimated 570,000 women were diagnosed with cancer of the cervix worldwide.

Dr Adesanya who is a consultant Public Health Physician at Federal Medical Centre Lokoja, added that over 300,000 women die annually from the disease with over 80% of cases occurring in developed countries.

“In Nigeria an estimated 10,000 new cases are being diagnosed every year, with 8000 women dying from the cancer every year” She added.

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The consultant Public Health Physician averred further that this year international women day is coming at a time the world is battling with a common enemy called “coronavirus” adding that the screening will help women know their cancer status and how to go about it for treatment.

Although she noted that scientists have not been able to ascertain the actual cause of cancer, Dr Adesanya maintained that there are risk factors that could make a women get cancer.

The international women days which is observed globally on the 8th of March annually has this year Theme: ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.

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The day was first celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, according to the international media.

The lineage of the celebration can be traced back to 1908, when 15,000 female workers marched in New York City as they sought more humane working hours, better pay and the right to vote.

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