Cancer Agency director seeks funding for disease registration

Adebamowo said that the data provided by cancer registries could be used to conduct research, plan and implement cancer control.

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Prof. Clement Adebamowo, Director, Nigerian National System of Cancer Registries (NSCR), on Tuesday called for funding of cancer registries in the country.

He made the call in a statement signed by Mr Dennis Mordi, the Communication Manager, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria in Abuja.

Adebamowo made the call while commenting on the recent release of the cancer document in Nigeria.

Adebamowo said that the data provided by cancer registries could be used to conduct research, plan and implement cancer control.

He said that it could also be used to allocate resources for the treatment, prevention and other public health programmes in the country.

The director said that cancer registries serve as starting points for basic research and therefore play crucial role in cancer prevention.

”The document is the first of its kind with comprehensive information of cancer patterns in 16 states and the FCT.

“It revealed that breast, cervical and ovarian cancers are the most common in Nigerian women.
”Prostrate and colo-rectum cancers are the most prevalent for men in Nigeria.”

”18 cancer registries in the country contributed data which was analysed for use by researchers and policy makers,” he said.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian National System of Cancer Registries was formed as collaboration between the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), the Federal Ministry of Health and the Society of Oncology and Cancer Research of Nigeria.