Over the coming decades, it is projected that low and middle-income countries will suffer the hardest hit 2 by the continued increase in cases and deaths. Cancer burden is an increasing problem in
Africa, with more than 1 million estimated new 3 cancer cases in 2020 . By GLOBOCAN estimates, the number of new cases from cancer in Africa will have increased almost 70% by 2030 due to
age demographics alone, and at a rate faster 2 than any other region of the world.
In Nigeria, an estimated 78,000 cancer deaths occurred in 2020 with nearly 125,000 new cases 3 according to GLOBOCAN . Like many other African countries, the availability and quality of cancer incidence and mortality data in Nigeria is 4 poor . Given that the healthcare system is struggling under the weight of this burgeoning public health crisis, improved cancer treatment would be an insufficient response to this increasing burden. Much more could be achieved through cancer prevention and early detection.
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