Let me start by congratulating the organizers of this laudable programme, the Cancel Cancer Africa particularly for this perfect blend of using entertainment to communicate on the major scourge of our time, Breast Cancer. This is in line with my strong belief in using creative and innovative strategy and appropriate platforms to communicate social health issues while also creating jobs, talent and skill expositing avenue for our teaming youths.
The scourge of Breast Cancer has of recent taken a worrisome dimension and has become a very major healthcare challenge in our society accounting for about 13% of all human deaths worldwide in 2007. Breast Cancer is the new "great imitator". Thus it is not uncommon for people diagnosed with cancer to have been treated for other diseases to which it was assumed their symptoms were due. Although it is Scientifically documented that over 200 different known cancers afflict humans, just about five(5) to Ten (10) percent of cancers are hereditary or ascribable to genetics while 90-95 % are attributable to environmental factors. Furthermore, as the risk of developing cancer generally increases with age, rates of Cancer are rising as more people live to an old age and as mass lifestyle changes occur worldwide. It therefore means that Man with knowledge and information has 90-95% chances of reversing this dangerous trend.
What must we do to curtail this scourge?:
· Continuous Education and Routine Screening
The more we all know of this and engage in routine and mandatory screening, cancers will be detected on time and survival rates will be markedly improved.
· Capacity Building for all Healthcare Practitioners
Our Healthcare Practitioners, right from the Primary Healthcare level must be properly trained on the early identification and differentiation of cancers. This can also be achieved through the enactment of the appropriate healthcare response/management protocols to enable early detection, management and treatment.
I have fully put my weight in supporting and associating with Ronnie Jacobs and the Cancel Cancer Africa Team in our quest to collectively “Fight Cancer in Africa”. I call on men and women of great course to support this mission today.
Thank you for giving these youths this once in a life time opportunity to volunteer their skills towards stopping avoidable deaths from Breast Cancer.
Tom Osaze Obaseki; B.Pharm, MBA