According to Sir Bright Ekweremadu, the Managing Director, Society for Family Health (SFH) , one woman dies of cervical cancer in every two minutes worldwide while about 9,659 die of the disease every year in Nigeria.
Ekweremadu, while presenting a Cryotherapy machine used for treating pre-cancerous lesion of the cervix to privately run Amina Hospital in Kaduna yesterday, explained that cervical cancer is the most common female cancer in developing countries with approximately 500,000 new cases and 250,000 deaths occurring each year.
“Around the world, a woman dies of cervical cancer every two minutes. Women in developing countries suffer disproportionately from the burden of cervical cancer, which accounts for over 80% of all cases. About 24.8% of women in the general population harbour the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is a virus that causes cervical cancer in women and genital warts in both men and women,”he said.
Dr. Kunle Alao, Medical Director of the hospital, thanked the SFH for choosing his hospital as a beneficiary, assuring the machine would be put into effective use.