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« on: March 03, 2011, 01:43:18 am »


Lagos - Professor Ifeoma Okoye, Coordinator, International Cancer Week Initiative (ICW), said that about 40 per cent of cancer cases were preventable.

Briefing newsmen on the 2011 World Cancer Day coming up today Okoye said that cancer could be prevented by focusing on how to reduce the risk of developing the terminal disease.

She said that ICW, in collaboration with the Union for International cancer Control (UICC), aimed to create more awareness on the stop tobacco use and the avoidance of exposure to second-hand smoke.

She advised people to limit alcohol consumption, avoid excessive sun exposure and maintain a healthy weight through healthy eating and regular exercise to protect themselves against cancer-causing infections.

Okoye said that ICW would provide training and skills to improve the practice and research on oncology in Nigeria with a focus on the peculiarities of the socio-cultural and economic needs of the country. “The initiative aims to create an opportunity to bring different cancer stakeholders in Nigeria to dialogue,’’ Okoye said.

According to her, ICW would be organising a youth jamboree as a platform to create awareness of cancer among Nigerian youths. The Nigerian Observer reports that UICC is the leading international non-governmental organisation dedicated to the global prevention and control of cancer.

The Switzerland-based UICC unites more than 300 member-organisations in more than 100 countries working to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease for future generations.

Established in 2009, ICW is a Nigerian initiative supported by the Federal Ministry of Health to sustain national awareness and education on cancer.
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