By Onyeukwu Rowland Iheloghara

The 2019 edition of Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course (MCMC) of the Society of Oncology and Cancer Research of Nigeria, organized in collaboration with American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), has ended in Lagos with participants renewing their commitment on Cancer control as part of efforts to win the fight against cancer as a life-threatening disease in Nigeria.

The three-day national conference which focused on “Implementation of Resource-Level Appropriate Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Management” is a robust clinical and scientific meeting on current trends in the Prevention and management of breast and cervical cancer in Nigeria.

Aware of the limited resources for health care at personal and institutional levels in Nigeria and other developing countries, the conference explored the dissemination and implementation of resource-level appropriate guidelines for optimum prevention and management of breast and cervical cancer in Nigeria.

The conference availed participants the opportunity to gain access to knowledge and discoveries on delivery of cost-effective treatments for cancer patients.

World-class insights into best practices and methods to improve cancer treatment delivery were at the disposal of the participants at the event.

Participants had the privilege of joining international experts in discussing effective application of new knowledge acquired.

The conference also provided the avenue for participants to take advantage of beneficial collaboration opportunities.

Speaking at the event, during the plenary session, Ondo state first lady, Her Excellency, Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, who led some members of the Ondo state Cancer Advisory Committee to the conference, revealed that 39 women are diagnosed of cervical cancer every day in Nigeria, most of which occurs at the late stage while another 22 women die on the same day.

According to her the statistic is worst for breast cancer which kills 36 women daily.

Mrs Akeredolu however proffered context-appropriate strategies to improve early diagnosis in Nigeria:

-routine based population-level screening, engaging religious leaders, and

-patients’ navigation at the health system level as way out.

She further advised that both the health providers and civil societies must consciously and conscientiously engage the government at all levels to act more responsibly in ensuring the formulation and implementation of cancer care and control at their respective levels.

Highlights of the event were initial introductions, seminars, break out sessions, and implementation discussions.

Experts of international repute were the resource persons at the event.