Former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja,Kogi, Prof. Abdulmumini Rafindadi
says 72 000 die out of 102,000 cases of cancer recorded annually in Nigeria.
Rafindadi, a Professor of pathology at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, made the disclosure
at the 19th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAM) in
Birnin Kebbi on Sunday according to NAN reports.
He attributed the main causes of cancer to tobacco smoking, drinking of alcohol among others
and for the fact that many cases of cancer were reported in the hospitals when they had
reached 75 to 80 per cent advanced cases.
We all know that cancer causes dreaded mortality rates with emotional disturbances and loss
of loved ones.
He said that “Our habit, environment, diet, lifestyles, behavioral and economic factors cause
“Today, we have recorded about 102,000 cases of cancer annually while 72,000 patients die
annually. We have 50 per cent of these figure to be breasts and cervical cancer,” he said.
The professor expressed concern over lack of medical equipment in few hospitals that
specialized on treatment of cancer in the country.
“Nigeria has nine radiotherapy equipment while countries like Japan, Egypt, Sri Lanka and
Pakistan have enough equipment to combat the dreaded disease.”
In his remark, the National President of IMAM, Dr Salish Ismail, said the association had
provided free medical outreach to the less privilege communities in the country, especially the
Internally Displayed Persons, (IDPs).