The first edition of the book on Cancer incidence in Nigeria spanning a five-year period from 2009 – 2013, was launched by the Honorable Minister of Health- Professor Isaac Adewole at the Cancer Registration Training Workshop which held on 29th November, 2016 at Kebbi Hotel Abuja.
The Cancer incidence in Nigeria book championed by Professor Clement Adebamowo- Director of NSCR, will be the first in a series of regular reports to the Nigerian nation on cancer incidence in the country. The book introduces the reader to the concept of cancer registration and the importance of cancer registration in cancer control. It describes the history of cancer registration in Nigeria, the strides that have been made, the challenges faced and how these were overcome.
The Minister of Health represented by Dr. Dalami Sanpada- the Director of clinical services in the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), emphasized the importance of cancer data to physicians, public health planners, legislators and stakeholders in winning the war against cancer. He mentioned that the book would contribute to the “ease of access to information regarding cancer on Nigeria. The website of the ministry will be used to host the soft copy of the compendium,” he said. He commended Nigeria National System of Cancer Registries (NSCR) and the cancer registry staff from 26 cancer registries in the country who contributed data for the book.
From left to right: Dr. Ramatu Hassan (National Coordinator, National Cancer Control Planning FMoH), Prof. E.A. Afolayan (Director, Ilorin cancer registry), Alhaji Orire (Rep. Permanent Secretary FMoH), Dr. Dalami Sanpada (Director of clinical services FMoH), Prof. Clement Adebamowo (Director NSCR), Prof. Emmanuel Ezeome (Director Enugu cancer registry) and Dr. Abidemi Omonisi (Director Ekiti cancer registry)