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An Appeal: FG to ‎increase coverage and access to cancer care

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It has been estimated that in 2012 over 100,000 Nigerians were diagnosed with cancer and 71,000 of those diagnosed died. This high death statistic has given rise to a cancer crisis in Nigeria, which is unacceptable and requires our urgent attention. The four (4) most common forms of cancer (i.e., cancer of the breast, cervix, liver and prostate) can be prevented, detected early and treated effectively due to recent breakthrough in international cancer research. Although the Nigeria government has made some investments in cancer prevention practices and treatment infrastructure, this investment has not had a significant reduction impact on cancer patients' survival rate.

Nigerian cancer patients face several barriers in receiving adequate cancer care, one of which is the high cost of cancer treatment in Nigeria. If more cancer patients' treatments are subsidized and/or covered by health insurance, more patients will have a better chance to fight and survive cancer. Sebeccly Cancer Care, a not-for-profit cancer care and advocacy organisation, is set to break a cancer Guinness World Record on 10 October 2015 in order to promote our belief that every cancer patient in Nigeria, irrespectiveof socio-economic status or health insurance coverage, should have access to prompt and quality cancer care.

We want the current and grim cancer care story in Nigeria to change for good. As such, we have set out to galvanise support from well-meaning Nigerians like you in order to enable us submit anappeal to His Excellency, PRESIDENTMUHAMMADU BUHARI, to solicit for the improvement of cancer patients' welfare and access to quality cancer treatment at an affordable price for the average Nigerian. There is a need to develop the right policies and steer the actions of the key stakeholders in the health ministry and pharmaceutical industry towards achieving this laudable objective.

We graciously ask you to kindly support our cause by signing this declaration and providing your contact information to enable us update you on our progress. We thank you in advance of your support.

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