Lagos First Lady Walks For Cancer
By Kenneth Odoeme
With a resolve to educate people about cancer and preach healthy living, more than 50 volunteers walked the streets of Victoria Island in Lagos to raise awareness about the disease.
It was a walk organised by Canterbury Health Consult in partnership with Steam Broadcasting and Communications, the parent company of Nigeria Info 99.3 FM.
Afterwards, the wife of the Lagos State Governor, Doctor Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the wife of the Attorney General of the state, Olabisi Onigbanjo talked about ending negative attitudes and false beliefs about cancer.
She encouraged the participants to promote ways in which personal actions can be powerful and impactful.
She also reminded them that cancer is a killer and terminator of precious lives.
Some of the statistics she pointed out included the 626,400 cases of cancer, leading to 447,700 deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In Nigeria, the disease is responsible for 72,000 deaths every year, with an estimated 102,000 new cases annually.
The wife of the governor, who is a doctor, stated that delay in accessing cancer treatment is responsible for 80 to 90% of cases that are at an advanced stage.
Doctor Sanwo-Olu thanked Canterbury Health Consult for the awareness walk, and pledged support for the race to defeat cancer.