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Corporate Philanthropists Target 37 Mobile Cancer Centres

Corporate Philanthropists Target 37 Mobile Cancer Centres


CORPORATE philanthropists in Nigeria will on Monday flag off a plan to donate a Mobile Cancer Centre (MCC) to each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as they commemorate International Corporate Philanthropy Day (ICPD) 2013.

This year’s commemoration, first in Nigeria, is focused on the fight against cancer infection, especially screening for early detection and prevention in hard-to-reach areas of the country.

The philanthropists, under the aegis of Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) Nigeria, will mobilise corporate organisations, organised private sector and public-spirited Nigerians to donate into the MCC project, each at the cost of N95 million.

Quite ambitious as the project seems, convener of CECP-Nigeria, Mrs. Adetutu Adeleke said in humanitarian acts of this nature, coming from the private and social partners, lays the hope of average Nigerians.

She told reports that dependence on government was out of fashion, adding that government’s pledges might have become synonymous with empty promises.

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Philanthropists Raise Awareness On Cancer

Philanthropists Raise Awareness On Cancer

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THE Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in collaboration with Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) on Monday took Lagos Island by storm, as they staged a road show to create awareness on cancer and support for Mobile Cancer Centers (MCCs) initiative.

It was indeed an unusual support for a common course especially on a Monday morning. And between nine and 10 a.m., the entire floor of the NSE building was empty as the stakeholders, led by Chief Executive Officer, Oscar Onyema, publicly “stand up to cancer”, walked for health, and raised the banner high for charity in commemoration of the International Corporate Philanthropy Day (ICPD) 2013.

The capital market community walked through the intersections of Kakawa, Broad Street, Tinubu Square, Martins, Marina and back to the NSE.

Onyema, at the floor, told members that the road show was important to draw attention of Nigerians to cancer, volunteerism and humanitarian support for the laudable MCCs initiative led by CECP-Nigeria.

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ICPD takes Cancer Campaign to the Grassroots

Cancer Facts




But nobody today can say that one does not know what cancer and its prime cause is. On the contrary, there is no disease whose prime cause is better known, so that today ignorance is no longer an excuse that one cannot do more about prevention. In the meantime, millions of men must die of cancer unnecessarily.” Nobel Prize Winner Otto Warburg


World Cancer Day 2013 (4 February 2013) focused on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer, under the tagline “Cancer – Did you know?”

There are many myths out there, but we will focus on four major ones.



Find below an exposition on the four of them.


#1: SOCIAL – CANCER IS A Catastrophic illness
A catastrophic illness is defined as the annual medical expenditure in excess of 10% of net income. It affects the family, causing school drop out, divorces, etc.
Cancer’s economic toll was $895 billion in 2008 — equivalent to 1.5 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. That’s in terms of disability and years of life lost — not the cost of treating the disease, which wasn’t included.
POLITICAL – recently in the West African sub-region, two nations have had to grapple with unplanned political transitions, caused by the death of incumbent heads of state from cancer.
HUMAN RIGHTS – The Right to Life is a fundamental human right, so people should not die from preventable cancer.

Where you live should not determine whether you live or whether you die “- Bono.”




According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the WHO, 80% of cancer deaths take place in poor countries due to lack of funding to deal with the problems. Only 5% of global resources for cancer are spent in developing countries. While there has been a steady decline in cancer deaths in developed countries, there has been a steady rise in developing countries like Nigeria.




A World Health Organisation (WHO) statement of July 3, 2002, said that “of all the cancer cases occurring annually, 1/3 can be prevented, another 1/3 can be effectively cured with early diagnosis, and palliative care can improve the quality of life of the last third”

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.” Anon




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