Pat Utomi Reveals Battle With Cancer, Says Men Over 60 Are Dealing With Ailment


Pat Utomi Reveals Battle With Cancer, Says Men Over 60 Are Dealing With Ailment

Pat Utomi, a professor of political economy, has opened up on his struggles with cancer.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Utomi disclosed that he was diagnosed with cancer in 2022 after a biopsy.

According to the Mayo Clinic, biopsy is a procedure to remove a piece of tissue or a sample of cells from the body for testing.

The procedure is being used to detect cancer.

The professor is dealing with prostate cancer.

Speaking about his struggles, Utomi said in the buildup to the 2023 elections, he occasionally visited a cancer centre in Ikeja after campaigns.

He added that whenever he spoke about his struggles with cancer, it dawned on him that many people of his age bracket are also battling the same ailment.

“Did not see why it was taboo to say you were in a battle with Cancer. The more I talked about it the more I found many of my age in similar circumstances,” he wrote on X.

“It almost seems like an epidemic for Nigerian men over 60. Not talking makes them lose the benefit of early detection.

“Once elections were over, my young nephews and cousins, Doctors in Europe and the US joined forces with the Lakeshore people and decided they wanted me in their direct care.

“That’s how it seemed. I went quiet cause they controlled my phones to reduce stress.”

Utomi is one of the chieftains of the Labour Party (LP). He played a key role in the party’s 2023 presidential campaigns.

In 2022, he stepped down his presidential ambition for Peter Obi, eventual standard-bearer of the LP.

Founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership, Utomi has been in the public eye since the late ’70s when he was appointed special assistant to then President Shehu Shagari.