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KIDNEY CANCER: IMPROVING SURVIVAL IN NIGERIA

March is the awareness month for Kidney Cancer, Colorectal Cancer and Multiple Myeloma. Last year, this writer focused on colorectal cancer (article available at www.cecpng.org blog page). This article will focus on Kidney Cancer. Kidney cancer is also known as renal cancer. It is a cancer that starts in the kidneys. The kidneys are a […]

FACES OF PHILANTHROPY IN NIGERIA: CALL FOR NOMINATION

INTRODUCTION ↑↓GoodTuesday is an initiative of ↑↓GivingTide International, aimed at mobilizing individuals and organizations to collectively tackle major societal problem. ↑↓GoodTuesday is so named because of the significance of Tuesday. In many cultures and religions, Tuesday is regarded as the most auspicious weekday. For example, in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, Tuesday is a day of multiplicity […]

DEMYSTIFYING CERVICAL CANCER

“These findings bring into sharp focus the need to implement the tools already available for cervical cancer, notably HPV vaccination combined with well-organized national programmes for screening and treatment”. – Dr Christopher Wild, Director of International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) January is cervical cancer awareness month. Cervical cancer, or cancer of the cervix, is […]

NIGERIA JOINS THE ↑↓GOODTUESDAY MOVEMENT WITH A STAR-STUDDED CELEBRATION

Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, will join the global celebration of #GivingTuesday in December, 2015 (now known as GoodTuesday in Nigeria). Interestingly, Tuesday is regarded as the most auspicious weekday. This is because on the Third Day of Creation the phrase “and God saw that it was good” is mentioned twice. All the other days […]

WORLD SIGHT DAY 2015 – MOBILE CANCER CENTRES (MCC) AS TOOLS FOR BLINDNESS PREVENTION

October 8, 2015 is World Sight Day (WSD), an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. This year, the ‘Call to Action’ for WSD is: Eye care for all.  This is apt, given the very dismal statistics on blindness, especially in Nigeria. […]

LEUKAEMIA (BLOOD CANCER) IN NIGERIA: A CALL TO ACTION

September is dedicated to awareness on several cancers including prostate cancer, childhood cancers, leukaemia, lymphoma, and gynaecologic cancers. This article will focus on leukaemia because although prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Nigerian men, it was discussed in a previous article published in September last year. The prostate cancer article could be accessed […]

WORLD HEPATITIS DAY – ACTING NOW TO PREVENT LIVER CANCER

Every year, July 28 is marked as World Hepatitis Day (WHD). It is a day dedicated to increase the global awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes. The theme of this year’s WHD is “Prevent Hepatitis. Act Now”. Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a group of […]

BLADDER CANCER IN NIGERIA: WHY SNAILS MATTER

July is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month. The bladder is a balloon-shaped organ in the lower belly that stores urine. Bladder cancer is the second most common urogenital cancer after prostate cancer. Globally, there were about 430,000 new cases of bladder cancer and about 165,000 deaths from bladder cancer in 2012. In Nigeria, there are about […]

IMPROVING CANCER SURVIVORSHIP IN NIGERIA: NOT BEYOND US!

The National Cancer Week (NCW) 2015 commences on Sunday June 7, 2015 and ends on Sunday, June 14, 2015. The NCW is an advocacy week on the BIG WAR Against Cancer. The first Sunday in June is International Cancer Survivors’ Day. It is a day set aside globally, to celebrate all cancer survivors, their families […]

ORONTO DOUGLAS: A REFLECTION ON STOMACH CANCER

THE recent premature demise of Nigeria’s highly cerebral and accomplished Barrister, Oronto Douglas, to stomach cancer at the age of 48 calls for a reflection on the cancer scourge in Nigeria. Over 100,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year in Nigeria and about 240 Nigerians die of cancer every day. This implies that […]