Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

The Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, has urged Nigerians to modify their lifestyles to avoid cancer disease.

He made the call at the inauguration of the second Linear Accelerator Radiotherapy machine at National Hospital, Abuja, on Friday.

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The machine was donated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporationand Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company .

A medical linear accelerator is a device commonly used for external beam radiation treatment on cancer patients.

The device delivers high-energy x-ray or electrons to the patient’s tumour region.

The Vice President, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Mashi, said that early detection of cancer would greatly increase chances for successful treatment.

He, however, urged Nigerians to take note of the two major components of early detection of cancer, namely education to promote early diagnosis and screening.

Osinbajo said that recognising possible warning signs of cancer and taking prompt action would lead to early diagnosis.