IBADAN – A Consultant Pathologist, Prof. Femi Ogunbiyi, says the Ibadan Cancer Registry (IBCR) is offering indigenous and foreign researchers vital statistics on the various forms of the ailment.
Ogunbiyi, who is the Director of the registry, told newsmen in Ibadan that population-based cancer registries were vital tools in collecting basic statistics.
He said IBCR based at the University College Hospital was established in 1960 with the aim of providing cancer incidence rates for different types of cancer in Ibadan and its environs.
The expert said it was the duty of the registry to provide data on cancer incidence, prevalence and mortality for researchers, students, policy makers and health planners.
“Health planners are expected to make use of data on cancer to plan cancer control programmes
“Cancer diagnostic, palliatives and treatment facilities are available for cancer care in the UCH where the registry is based.
“Facilities like mammography, pap smear and assays for tumor markers are also available,’’ he said.
Oginbiyi also said that all data collected in the facility since inception had been offering insight into cancer frequency in Ibadan as well as its geographic variations.
He said that the registry had been collecting cases from 11 local government areas within Ibadan metropolis and its environs.
Ogunbiyi said the local governments included Akinyele, Egbeda, Ibadan North, Ibadan North East, Ibadan North West and Ibadan South East.
Others were Ibadan South West, Ido, Lagelu, Oluyole and Ona-ara.
“Apart from this, the registry also receives cancer cases from Baptist Medical Centre Ogbomosho, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, and Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital, Ile- Ife,’’ he said.
He said the registry had over 30 sources, including general hospitals, teaching hospitals, pathology laboratories as well as private hospitals and clinics.
Ogunbiyi, however, lamented that some challenges were inhibiting the operations of the centre.
“One major challenge in running the registry is lack of vehicle to pay regular visits to our collaboration centres,’’ he said.
“Efforts to train personnel and allocate to all these collaborating centres are on the way,” he added.