Utilization of Cancer Information System for Breast Cancer Control in Lagos, Nigeria

  • Omolola Salako
  • Alero Ann Robert
  • Alero Ann Robert
  • Kehinde Sharafadeen Okunade
  • Kehinde Sharafadeen Okunade
  • Adeola Olatunji
  • Adeola Olatunji
  • Adeola Fakolade
  • Adeola Fakolade
  • Victor Isibor
  • Victor Isibor
  • Deborah Falode
  • Deborah Falode

Abstract

Introduction: there is a substantial increase in the incidence of breast cancer in Nigeria usually with the late stage presentations and subsequent poor rates of survival attributed mainly to a low level of cancer awareness and ignorance amongst patients. Cancer information system (CIS) is now assuming an emerging role in this respect. Methods: this was a descriptive study carried out over a one year period using a health communications program comprising of 3 breast help lines. An initial period of public awareness was carried out over a 3 months period after which members of the public were encouraged to call the help lines. Breast cancer information was provided and the socio-demographic characteristics and other relevant data of the callers were recorded by the information specialists.  Results:  a total of 294 people were reached during the study period. Majority of the callers (82%) sought information for themselves while the remaining 18% called on behalf of a loved one or friend. Majority [248 (84.3%)] of callers had no breast abnormality, 38 (13%) called to report breast abnormalities and required information on what to do and 8 (2.7%) were breast cancer patients who required information on how to live and cope as breast cancer survivors. Conclusion: the rapid growth of mobile phone use in the Nigeria has presented a unique opportunity and promise to improve cancer care. There is evidence to suggest that mHealth can be used to deliver increased health care services to the increasing population of cancer patients in Nigeria.

The Pan African Medical Journal 2016;24

Author Biographies

Omolola Salako
Cancer Information Service, Sebeccly Cancer Care & Support Center, Nigeria
Alero Ann Robert
Department of Community Health, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Alero Ann Robert
Department of Community Health, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Kehinde Sharafadeen Okunade
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Kehinde Sharafadeen Okunade
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Adeola Olatunji
Cancer Information Service, Sebeccly Cancer Care & Support Center, Nigeria
Adeola Olatunji
Cancer Information Service, Sebeccly Cancer Care & Support Center, Nigeria
Adeola Fakolade
Cancer Information Service, Sebeccly Cancer Care & Support Center, Nigeria
Adeola Fakolade
Cancer Information Service, Sebeccly Cancer Care & Support Center, Nigeria
Victor Isibor
Research & Development, Sebeccly Cancer Care & Support Center, Nigeria
Victor Isibor
Research & Development, Sebeccly Cancer Care & Support Center, Nigeria
Deborah Falode
Department of Oncology, American Hospitals and Resorts, Lekki, Nigeria
Deborah Falode
Department of Oncology, American Hospitals and Resorts, Lekki, Nigeria
Published
2016-10-04
Section
Articles

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