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INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY DAY, 2014

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Cancer: Overcoming Myths with Love

WELCOME TO CECP-NIGERIA'S BLOG

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The current focal cause of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) is ‘Taking Cancer Prevention to the Grassroots’ through the use of Mobile Cancer Centres (MCCs).
Tuesday, February 4, was World Cancer Day (WCD). World Cancer Day was established by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to raise awareness about cancer in order to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day 2013/ 2014 focused on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer. The tagline for WCD 2014 is “Debunk the myths”. The campaign is centered on the following myths and their related truths about cancer:

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Myth 1:  We don’t need to talk about cancer
Truth: Whilst cancer can be a difficult topic to address, particularly in some cultures and settings, dealing with the disease openly can improve outcomes at an individual, community and policy level.

Myth 2: There are no signs or symptoms of cancer
Truth: For many cancers, there are warning signs and symptoms and the benefits of early detection are indisputable.

Myth 3: There is nothing I can do about cancer
Truth: There is a lot that can be done at an individual, community and policy level and with the right strategies; a third of most common cancers can be prevented.

Myth 4: I don’t have the right to cancer care
Truth: All people have the right to access proven and effective cancer treatments and services on equal terms, and without suffering hardship as a consequence.

From the foregoing, it is obvious that cancer can be prevented (truth 3). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one-third of cancers are preventable, another one-third is curable and the last third can have good quality of life with appropriate care. The question is, how do we prevent cancer? Let’s start by examining what prevention means.

Preventing any disease can be grouped into three levels, namely: primary, secondary, and tertiary.

Primary: Prevention aims to prevent the disease from occurring. For example: education (truth 1) about good nutrition, the importance of regular exercise, and the dangers of tobacco as well as regular examinations and screening tests to detect precancerous stages of cancers such as cervical and colorectal cancer; to monitor risk factors for cancers such as diabetes, malaria, HIV/AIDS and vaccination against the major cancer causing viruses : Human papillomavirus and hepatitis B viruses are examples of primary prevention of cancer.

Secondary prevention is used after the disease has occurred, but before the person notices that anything is wrong. This takes advantage of truth 2 above. A doctor carrying out screening tests to detect early breast lump or prostate cancer is an example of secondary prevention. The goal of secondary prevention is to find and treat the disease early. In many cases, the disease can be cured.

Tertiary prevention targets the person who already has symptoms of the disease. The goals of tertiary prevention are: prevent damage and pain from the disease, slow down the disease, prevent the disease from causing other problems (called “complications”), give better care to people with the disease as well as make people with the disease healthy again and able to do what they used to do. Developing better treatments for cancers is an example of tertiary prevention. Examples include better surgeries, new medicines, and other interventions.

Although each of these levels of prevention is good, it is important to give priority to primary and secondary prevention to effectively improve cancer survivorship.

In a nutshell, cancer prevention involves health education and awareness (truth 1), interventions such as vaccination and screening as well as prompt treatment (truth 2 to 4). Indeed, awareness is good; screening is superlative but treatment after diagnosis is paramount.  The aim of awareness will be defeated if there is no access to screening facilities and the aim of screening will be defeated if there is no access to treatment after diagnosis.

Fortunately, all of these services can be made universally available in Nigeria by means of Mobile Cancer Centres which is the current focus of the CECP-Nigeria and the thrust of truth 4 above. Truly, all people have the right to access proven and effective cancer treatments and services on equal terms. Why should ten (10) precious Nigerians die every hour from cancer, most of which is preventable? Why should one (1) out of every thirty (30) Nigerian with leukemia (blood cancer) die whilst ninety-nine per cent (99%) of patients with leukemia at the Tata centre in India survived? Especially since a large proportion of these patients with leukemia are children and young adults.

This is why the CECP-Nigeria is calling on all Nigerians to support the move to take cancer prevention to the grassroots by donating towards the acquisition of thirty-seven (37) Mobile Cancer Centres (MCCs), one for each state and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

A Mobile Cancer Centre is a clinic on wheels, in which screening, follow-up and several forms of treatment (including surgeries), can take place. It includes facilities for mammography, sonology and colonoscopy. It will also contain colposcopy and cryotherapy equipment as well as a theatre and laboratory for preventive screening against cancer and other common diseases which are known to increase the risk of cancer.

These include malaria, diabetes, hepatitis, kidney disease, hypertension and HIV/AIDS. Thus the MCC would tackle the double burden of disease in Nigeria i.e. communicable and non-communicable diseases.

To achieve this, every Nigerian has a role to play. Like Lily Tomlin said, I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. According to Bill Gates, “you do not need to be the chair of a large foundation to have an impact on the world. Risk takers need backers. Good ideas need evangelists. Forgotten communities need advocates. And whether your chief resource is volunteer time or hard-earned dollars, for a relatively small investment catalytic philanthropy can make a big impact”. For example anyone may contribute towards the Mobile Cancer Centre project by sending the sms ‘CANCER’ to ‘44777’ at N100 per sms; or higher amount via ATM or online at www.quickteller.com using the code ‘777526’.

World Cancer Day (WCD) 2014 was marked by CECP-Nigeria with the flag off of the ‘Big War against Cancer in Nigeria’ by representatives of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) at Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja.

 

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Philanthropy and love are two sides of the attitude needed if we must win the ‘Big War against Cancer’ which we flagged off on World Cancer Day. We need people with large hearts – passionate lovers of humankind who are willing to invest in the welfare of society at large. Although their contributions to the big war might be deemed to be a sacrifice, they themselves would benefit immensely thereby.

The giver invariably gets more than he gives. Like Henry David Thoreau said, “Goodness is the only investment that never fails”. Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.

Therefore, with love as our primary motive, let us embrace true philanthropy, and the spirit of generosity and sacrifice. It is only then that we can truly say that the deeper message of St. Valentine Day and International Corporate Philanthropy Day (ICPD) have taken root in us.

The 37 mobile cancer centres (MCCs) which we need to win the ‘Big War’ would be realised if Nigerians would join in publicizing the two codes – 44777 and 777526 within their spheres of influence. A great way of making this Valentine/Philanthropy season count, could be to become a volunteer (Connector) in support of this campaign. Similarly, individuals, families or organisations who have the means could donate one or more of the MCCs, which cost N95 million each. The donors would have the MCCs branded in their honour. Further information is available at www.cecpng.org.

Together we can! If only we ACT! Attack Cancer Today! We shall ACT! Attack Cancer Together!! We must ACT! Attack Cancer Totally!!!

We wish you all a happy St. Valentine Day and an impactful International Corporate Philanthropy Day (ICPD) celebration.

 

This article was published in the Guardian Newspaper on Friday, 14th of February, 2014 http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php/opinion/columnist/149413-nzelu-cancer-overcoming-myths-with-love

 

© 2014 Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP- Nigeria)

FLAG OFF OF THE BIG WAR AGAINST CANCER’ IN NIGERIA

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As part of activities to mark the World Cancer Day, February 4, 2014, the BIG WAR Against Cancer in Nigeria was flagged off at Lagos Airport Hotel.2014.
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Lady Ibru recounted the last two years of the life of her late husband and the trauma she went through. Practically everyone in the packed hall shed some tears as she narrated in detail the race against time, the huge toll on the family and the lost battle to save the life of her husband from cancer, an illness which is curable if detected on time. Mrs. Ibru called on all governments in Nigeria and the private sector to take urgent action to ensure that facilities are provided in Nigeria for early detection of cancer for most citizens. According to her, if the facilities were readily available and her husband’s condition detected on time, he was unlikely to have passed on at the time he did, having survived an assassin’s bullet.
Among those who at the event joined the call on all Nigerian governments, companies and individuals to participate in an immediate national action to deal with the cancer epidemic killing 10 Nigerians every one hour, was Mr. Vincent Maduka, former Director-General, Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, himself a cancer survivor; Alhaji Remi Bello, President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI); Mrs. Margaret R. A. Adeleke, Convener of Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) Nigeria; Chief Tony Okoroji,  Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON); Chief S.A. Alabi, President, Hotel & Personal Services Employers Association (HOPESEA) and Mr. Timothy Oyewale, Executive Director, Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA). Each of the speakers called for contributions across the nation for the immediate acquisition of mobile cancer centers to be deployed in every state so that Nigerians across the nation can have easy access to comprehensive screening facilities. This is to ensure that the disease is detected early so that millions can be saved.
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The call for action followed a multi-media presentation by Dr. Abia Nzelu, Executive Secretary of Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) Nigeria; the chilling presentation by Dr. Nzelu, an expert in the field,  showed that cancer is the No. 1 killer of man, killing more people than malaria, HIV/Aids and tuberculosis, all put together.
According to COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, who describes himself as a ‘General’ in the Big War Against Cancer in Nigeria, ‘We would have been irresponsible not to join this battle after the frightening statistics that have been brought to our attention. While our country is giving a lot of attention to the battle against HIV/AIDS, cancer is wreaking havoc across our land. With 240 Nigerians dying every day from this disease, we are all practically on death row – no one is spared, man, woman, young, old, rich or poor. From the information available from the experts, a lot of the deaths are preventable if the disease is discovered early. The unfortunate fact however is that there are virtually no facilities in the country to detect the disease on time so many are dying without them or their relations even knowing what is killing them or they find out too late. The good news is that we can do something to significantly reduce this crazy death figures. At COSON, we plan to mobilize all ‘mobilizables’ in Nigeria to take action immediately.’
Chief Okoroji announced that a massive concert, the Concert of Stars in support of the Big War against Cancer in Nigeria will take place on March 29, 2014 at the Expo Hall of Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island Lagos. The event is targeted at raising funds for the acquisition of the mobile cancer centers. He said that several ‘A’ list artistes have indicated their interest to participate in the concert and to join the war.
COSON and HOPESEA have become partners with CECP and the co-promoters: Institute of Directors (IoD), Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in the effort to acquire thirty-seven (37) Mobile Cancer Centres (MCCs), one for each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The MCCs will facilitate a nation-wide cancer screening/treatment campaign so that every Nigerian can have a fighting chance in the battle against cancer.
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A mobile cancer centre is a clinic on wheels, in which screening, follow-up and several forms of treatment (including surgeries), can take place. It includes facilities for mammography, colonoscopy, colposcopy, cryotherapy, and sonology as well as laboratory and operating theatre.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has created a unique short code for those who want to contribute to this effort. By texting “CANCER” or any other chosen word to ‘’44777”, a person can contribute N100/sms towards this cause. Interswitch Limited has also established a code – “777526” – for donations via ATM or online at www.quickteller.com. Every right thinking Nigerian is today urged to contribute to this cause which might save our lives or the lives of some people we love dearly. COSON requests that we all encourage our friends and family members to contribute.

FLAG OFF OF THE “BIG WAR AGAINST CANCER IN NIGERIA” BY THE CECP-NIGERIA ON WORLD CANCER DAY, 2014

 

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