The Director of Public Health, Ogun State Ministry of Health, Dr. Quudus Yusuf, says smokers and sex merchants are more susceptible to cancer disease.
He stated this in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, during a cancer enlightenment campaign.
According to him, heavy smokers and sex workers stand 95% risk of getting infected with cancer, adding that cervical cancer, the most common of the disease in the female gender, could also be sexually transmitted if not detected early.
Categorizing the disease into two, Dr. Yusuf said malignant cancer, the most deadly form of the disease was associated with breast, lungs and prostrate, while benign tumour cancer, a swelling of organs of the body could easily be managed.
He said the state government was doing a lot to reduce its prevalence through awareness, pointing out that the uplift programme of the wife of the Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, placed priority on free cancer screenings and treatment for infected people across the state.
The director highlighted some of its symptoms to include loss of appetite, low blood level, loss of weight, changes in skin and unusual enlargement of organs in the body.
He however noted that with regular medication and radiotherapy, cancer could be managed.
Furthermore, he urged members of the public to always visit the hospital for regular checkup, as he stated that the State Hospital, Ijaye Abeokuta as well as that of Ota, are adequately equipped with state of the art equipment to handle such cases.