Experts Gather To Discuss Treatment Options in Breast, Cervical Cancers

Experts from across Africa and America are gathering in Lagos from Thursday July 11 at a meeting to discuss new treatment options in management of Breast and Cervical Cancers.

The meeting is in response to World Health Organisation alert that cancers remain one of the top ten leading causes of death worldwide with new cases emerging.

According to WHO, in 2018 alone, an estimated 116,000 new cases occurred in Nigeria with about 41,000 resulting in deaths hence called for new treatment options and management.

In a joint statement by the Society of Oncology and Cancer Research of Nigeria (SOCRON) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) the international meeting is a 2-day Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course (MCMC) featuring discussants from various fields.

The theme of the Management Course is: Implementation of Resource Level Appropriate Breast and cervical Cancer Prevention, Diagnostics and Management with a sub theme titled: Emerging Cancer Diagnostics and Care Technologies.

Various experts from the field of Oncology and Epidemiology would be led in discussions by Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Clement Adebamowo who currently is the Director, Global Health Cancer Program and Associate Director (Population Science), Greenebaum Cancer Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, U.S.A.

Prof. Clement Adebamowo

Other International lead discussants are Professor Benjamin O. Anderson, Chair and Director, Breast Health Global Initiative and Professor of Surgery and Global Health Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, and Professor Cosette Wheeler,Regent’s Professor, Departments of Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center, New Mexico, U.S.A.

According to SOCRON, although significant progress has been made in diagnostics and treatment of breast and cervical cancers in high-income countries, such as Nigeria, but most cancer patients in Africa are diagnosed at a late stage and the prognosis for a positive outcome is lessened, “even in cases where treatment is available and affordable”.

“It is a bid to stem this menace of cancer that the Society of Oncology and Cancer Research of Nigeria (SOCRON) was established.

“SOCRON organizes a myriad of workshops, symposia, seminars and conferences to achieve this aim” the statement read.

According to the Society, the five commonest cancers in Nigeria are listed as follows:

Cancer Number of new cases occurring every year Number of people dying every year
Breast 26310 11564 99% in women
Cervix uteri 14943 10403 Only in women
Prostate 13078 5806 Only in men
Colorectum 6692 4059 Both sexes
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma 5367 3726 Both sexes


Based on these data, it is obvious why SOCRON is focusing on breast and cervical cancers’ prevention and management. SOCRON is partnering with the ASCO for robust clinical and scientific discussion on current trends in the prevention and management of breast and cervical cancer in Nigeria. We are aware that there are limited resources for healthcare at personal and institutional levels in Nigeria and other developing countries, we would therefore be exploring the dissemination and implementation of resource-level appropriate guidelines for optimum prevention and management of cancer patients in Nigeria.

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The International meeting is scheduled to hold at Radisson Blu Hotels, Isaac John Street, Ikeja and is expected to be attended by medical and health professionals, students and policy makers at institutional, state and national levels all over the country especially those involved/interested in combating this cancer menace to please endeavour to be at that conference as it shall be a great time of education, collaboration, training, empowerment and enlightenment.

A special session is also scheduled for the last day of conference with stakeholders to discuss specific implementation approaches developed from the conference.

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