Today is World Cancer Day – a day set aside by cancer advocates globally to raise global awareness, improve education and catalyse individual and government actions towards cancer control. I have been reflecting on the cancer situation in Nigeria and the efforts of critical stakeholders towards cancer control in Nigeria. This reflection is inspired by the theme of the World Cancer Day, “I am and I will” which seeks to promote individual commitments and actions against cancer.
My feelings were mixed. One, I remembered Mr. KC – my friend and schoolmate, who died of Pancreatic Cancer in November 2019 at the age of 39. A year earlier, he had mourned his sister who died of colon cancer. Also, his elder sister (a widow) was killed by breast cancer in January 2020 (two months after KC’s death). She lost her husband a couple of years earlier to anal cancer. Both parents died within the past decade, one was killed by cancer. This is not fiction! Can you imagine the havoc cancer has wrecked on one family just within 5 years?
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