Dr Okpako Okpikpi, Coordinator, National Cancer Control Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, says cancer is not a death sentence if detected early and presented to hospital for treatment.
Okpikpi told our correspondent that early presentation of cancer cases is key to successful treatment and management of the disease.
The coordinator spoke against the backdrop of the 2020 Edition of the Annual International Cancer Week, scheduled to hold from the 26th to the 30th of October.
He said awareness will be created to the public, they will be informed with respect to regular visitation to the clinic.
Okpikpi cautioned about presenting cancer cases to wrong places such as spiritual and traditional herbal homes.
According to the coordinator, spiritual and medical efforts can work together but some cancer cases present rather late in hospitals because time is wasted on trying out treatment in spiritual or traditional houses.
He noted that the Federal Ministry of Health had achieved a lot through an annual international Cancer Week by raising awareness on cancer and what could be done to prevent it.
He told newsmen that the event would also be a platform to bring researchers together, adding that the National Palliative Care Policy and Chemosafe Policy would be reviewed.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, is expected to declare open the Cancer week with the theme “Cancer in Nigeria in the COVID-19 Era and beyond.
The week-long event will feature a wide range in-person and virtual sessions, discussions, trainings and networking opportunities for experts, policy makers, researchers, advocates and upcoming leaders in Cancer control in Nigeria.