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 […]

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE ↑↓GOODTUESDAY

Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, will join the global celebration of #GivingTuesday (now known as ↑↓GoodTuesday) on December 1, 2015. In 2012, the United Nations Foundation designated the first Tuesday in December as #GivingTuesday (now known as GoodTuesday in Nigeria), a day to engender and celebrate generosity globally. GoodTuesday is also a way of expressing […]

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 […]