As the world marks 2020 World Cancer Day (WCD), a non governmental organization based in Abuja, Helpline Foundation for the Needy, has called for political will by government at all levels to combat one of the world’s most dreaded diseases.
President of the Foundation, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, who made the call during a press conference on the theme: “I am and I will” as part of activities to mark the 2020 call to action,, advocated for personal commitment and individual action to be taken to impact the future and defeat cancer.
Dr. Ahmadu, who said the World Cancer Day was designed to save millions of preventable deaths by raising cancer awareness, noted that the day also served to push governments and individuals across the globe to take action.
She expressed concerns over the global statistics which indicate that more than 70 per cent of deaths from cancer occurs in economically less-developed countries.
According to her, an estimated 40 percent of deaths from cancer are preventable hence the need for awareness and early treatment to be intensified.
“World Cancer Day is aimed at saving millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness about cancer, and pushing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease.
“We at Helpline Foundation for the Needy are disturbed because according to the World Health Organization (WHO), if the incidence of cancer continues to grow at the reported cases, the number of deaths worldwide from cancer will increase to more than 13.1 million by 2030,” she said.