During a visit to the cancer care ward at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, by the Niola Cancer Care Foundation, The Chairperson of the Foundation, Mrs. Eniola Salu, has identified colon cancer as
the fourth common cause of cancer-related deaths in the country, attributing the deaths to poor awareness of the symptoms of the disease and late diagnosis.
She noted that many cases are often misdiagnosed in the nation’s hospitals as health practitioners also need to be trained to pick the symptoms of the bowel disease early.
According to Salu, the organization is set to create screening centres in all the six geo-political zones of the country to ensure early detection of colon problems.
She said that “Having screening centres for colon cancer in the six geo-political zones is a long term project of the foundation, but we have to start now. The rate at which people are dying as a result of colon cancer is too much and it is the type of cancer that could be survived if detected and treated early.”
The foundation which advocates for a better cancer care also donated food items and clothing to cancer patients at the hospital.