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Eight schools in Lagos to compete for cancer campaign prize

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The Atinuke Cancer Foundation has said its annual senior secondary school cancer awareness competition will improve information about the disease.

A statement by the organisation stated that the inter-school/inter-state competition aimed at improving knowledge awareness and good access to health would hold on June 23, 2023, in Lagos.

It revealed that eight schools would compete through essay writing, titled: ‘Knowledge conquers cancer, let’s close the care gap.’

“Implementing the educational competition, designed by the Atinuke Cancer Foundation for senior secondary schools in both rural and urban Nigerian communities, would not only increase adolescents’ knowledge on cancer and promote inter-generational transmission of that knowledge but it will also reduce the mortality rate of the scourge because the knowledge will remain with these students forever as they grow old.”

The Founder/CEO, of Atinuke Cancer Foundation, Mrs Tinu Lawal, who was also a cancer survivor said, “Knowledge, in this context is, moving from the dark days of fear and terror upon receiving a cancer diagnosis to a future of certainty.

“Close the care gap here can be described as the discrepancy between recommended best practices and the care that is provided. Half of the world’s population lacks access to the full range of essential health services when it comes to cancer.”

A Trustee and Executive Director of the foundation, Mr Ola Oresanya, explained that “One key thing about cancer is knowledge, it plays an essential role in cancer care and survivorship.’’

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