Cancer is the disease that results when cellular changes cause the uncontrolled growth and division of cells. Some types of cancer cause rapid cell growth, while others cause cells to grow and divide at a slower rate.
Cancer prevention awareness campaign was launched in Borno by the Northern Governors Wives Form.
The campaign ceremony was held at Mohammed Goni Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri. Bagudu, who is also the Secretary of the forum, explained that the campaign was part of the forum’s initiative to create awareness of cancer to the IDPs and to help them manage.
The wife of Kebbi State Governor, Dr Zainab Bagudu, said this at the campaign ceremony at Mohammed Goni IDPs camp in Maiduguri. Bagudu, who is also the Secretary of the forum, explained that the campaign was part of the forum’s initiative to create awareness of cancer to the IDPs and to help them manage.
NAN reports that Feb. 4 was celebrated as World Cancer Day for 2020. She said that the whole week is going to be dedicated to raising awareness of cancer not only IDPs but also other people. “We all know that cancer is a very dreaded disease that needs priority attention. “It is important that we plan against getting the cancer disease by living a very healthy life.
To avoid those things that are triggering cancer in our lives. “We need to campaign against drug abuse, which may be very high in camps like this,” she said. Bagudu urged the people that are supervising the camp to do more in eliminating the usage of illicit drugs. “I know that you people are doing it already, but my brothers, my children, my sons that are in this camp, I urge you to be on the look out and avoid the act,” she said.
Some causes of cancer include: Chemical or toxic compound exposures: tobacco or cigarette smoke (contains at least 66 known potential carcinogenic chemicals and toxins), asbestos, and aflatoxin. Ionizing radiation: Uranium, radon, ultraviolet rays from sunlight, radiation from alpha, beta, gamma, and X-ray-emitting sources, sugar.
she advised people to avoid consuming too much sugar or avoid it totally.
She added that the common cancer in Nigeria for women is breast cancer and prostate cancer for men. “We must learn to eat the right type of food that nourishes like, fruit and vegetable, which is very important in our everyday diet and avoid pure carbohydrates. “I am pleased to note that the diet of people of Borno state is very rich and healthy, and if you stick to that and avoid eating too much oil in our food, then we will be on the right part.
“As a people generally, the African culture does not include processed foods and so we should try and avoid that and stick to our natural foods,” she advised.
She added that exercises are very good for the body and people should try and do that. She called for the implementation of the National Cancer Control Plan.
“The National Cancer Control Plan was launched in April 2018, but we are yet to see proper implementation of it. If the state can start implementing their own screening programme, then we will definitely be better off with it. “I will like to use this opportunity to call on all the authorities that are concerned to try and start immediate implementation of the National Cancer Control plan,” she said. She said that it involves screening and by this it could be dictated early. if it is dictated it earlier it could be quickly addressed. “Most of the death recorded about cancer in Africa and in Nigeria today was because they were detected late.
If nothing is done to curb cancer spread and make it priority now, “I can assure you we are sitting on a time bomb and by the year 2030, Africa and Nigeria will have a significant death from cancer” Bagudu said.