The UN High Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) held in 2011 drew attention to the global burden of NCDs, including cancer. While there was no specific mention of surgery in general or cancer surgery in particular, this high level discussion brought to attention the burden of cancer and garnered international agreement to launch cancer control efforts.
In low- and middle-income countries like Nigeria, women present with advanced breast cancer at an earlier age. Given the limited resources, development of screening programs that parallel resource capabilities of low- and middle-income countries is imperative.
Colorectal cancer (CRC) rates in low-resource countries, which typically lack CRC screening programs, are rising. This study determined whether a risk model for patients with rectal bleeding could identify patients with curable CRC.
Purpose Colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence rates are steadily increasing in Nigeria. Organized screening is still largely unused because of financial and logistical barriers; most CRCs are detected by symptoms. One symptom of CRC is rectal bleeding.
Early postmastectomy discharge with a drain in place is standard practice in most developed countries. Its feasibility has not been evaluated in low resource settings like Nigeria.