The Socio-economic Impact Of Cancer
Cancer refers to all abnormal and uncontrollable tissue growths in organs and body parts. From our pilot survey, we identified thirteen major types of cancer to be surveyed. They include blood, bone, brain, breast, cervical, colon, intestine, kidney, liver, lung, neck, ovarian, pancreatic, prostrate, stomach and throat cancers. During the survey, we also identified persons affected by skin, leg, uterus, mouth, testicular, rectal, muscle, soft tissues, gall bladder, hand, adrenal gland, armpit, eye, face, womb and back cancers.
Typically, most reports on cancer focuses on preventive and curative measures. However, we have chosen to focus on the plight of affected persons, their families and friends. We focused on the social and economic effects of cancer on them.
Consequently, this report provides clue into the state of cancer in Nigeria. It goes further to educate the government, affected persons, NGOs and all stakeholders on the prevalence and effects of cancer.
This report will be useful in:
Guiding public health policy especially as it relates to cancer prevention, early diagnosis and treatment in Nigeria
Exposing the investment potentials in the health sector especially as it relates to cancer
Proffering further insights to patients, healthcare practitioners, health sector investors and government on managing the impact of cancer
The outcomes of the survey – trends, findings and recommendations – are all presented in this report.