The PinkCruise, a Mobile Cancer Centre (MCC), will be coming to your area soon and it is one thing you should plan to visit and benefit from.

It will kick off systematic community-based free mass health outreaches on February 4 to mark the 2018 World Cancer Day (WCD) in Nigeria.

The Secretary, Organising Committee of WCD, Dr Abia Nzelu, on Friday in Lagos said, "MCC is the first of its kind in the world".

Nzelu is also representing the National Cancer Prevention Programme (NCPP), an NGO.

The mobile cancer centre is much more than a Mobile Mammogram, but “a clinic on wheels with state-of-the-art facilities for screening, follow-up and treatment including mammography, sonography, endoscopy, colposcpopy, cryotherapy and surgeries for pre-cancer or early cancer”.

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“It is also a means of preventing 10 major cancer-related killer diseases like malaria, diabetes, renal disease, obesity, HPV, Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS.

“By tackling the double burden of disease, including communicable and non-communicable, the MCC will help to raise Nigeria’s life expectancy, which is currently the seventh lowest globally,” she said.

Nzelu said that the mission was to establish an effective infrastructure for cancer care, by providing at least one MCC for each state and a Comprehensive Cancer Centre (CCC) for each of the six zones.

According to her, the four pilot set of MCC have been delivered to Nigeria.

“The fixed centres from which the MCC will operate have also been set up in four selected cities representing the four old Regions including Lagos (West), Abuja (North), Asaba (Midwest) and Port Harcourt (East), “ she said.

She said that the global cancer epidemic was a huge public health issue and set to rise.

Why You Should Visit PinkCruise?

Do you know that currently, one of every three persons would be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and by 2030?

Do you also know that one in every two persons would be diagnosed of the disease in their lifetime?

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“The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) latest data shows that cancer is now responsible for almost one in six deaths globally.

“Each year, 8.8 million people die from cancer. Sadly, about two-thirds of these deaths occur in developing countries like Nigeria”.

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