Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health has expressed concern over the increasing rate of breast cancer in the country and urged women to go for regular screening.
Ehanire made the call at the opening of the 2020 edition of the Annual International Cancer Week on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said reports from the Nigerian National System of Cancer Registries showed that breast cancer in Nigeria increased significantly between 1960 and 2016.
He also said that between 1960 and 1969 only 13.7 per cent out of 100,000 women in Nigeria had breast cancer.
He added that the figure rose to 24.7 per cent women out of 100,000 women between 1990 and 1999.
He further said that between 2000 and 2016 an average of 26.1 per cent in 100,000 women in the country had breast cancer.
He explained that this statistics has shown that cancer has become an emerging disease in Nigeria and it is of serious public health concern.
He commended the Clinton Health Access Initiative a non-governmental organisation and WHO for supporting Nigeria to develop the valuable tools.
In her address, Mrs Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs said the ministry would continue to provide awareness for women and girls and work with all relevant bodies in the fight against cancers.