A lawmaker in Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu has said the number of premature deaths from cancer and non-communicable diseases could be reduced if Nigerians imbibe regularly medical checkup.
Yishawu, representing Eti-Osa Constituency II, disclosed this on Wednesday through a statement as quoted in commemoration of the World Cancer Day on every Feb. 4.
According to him, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had said cancer was the second leading cause of death globally.
“This is responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. Globally, about 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer.
The lawmaker also urged the state and federal government to increase their awareness on cancer and how it could be mitigated in the country.
He said: “Our togetherness and cooperation will go a long way to achieve a healthier and brighter world without cancer.
“This is because this year’s theme, “I am and I Will” is a call to action for everyone of us. We believe that, through our positive actions.
“Together we can reach the target of reducing the number of premature deaths from cancer and non-communicable diseases by 2030.
Yishawu said this year’s campaign showed that people’s actions had an impact on everyone around, within their neighbourhoods, communities and cities.