In honor of Cancer Awareness Month, we've created this helpful health guide to give you the essential information you need to be proactive about your health..
Many different cancer-related awareness campaigns occur throughout the year. Not all of them are coordinated by the Nigeria Cancer Society; however, we do support efforts to create a greater awareness of cancer. Items followed by an asterisk are sponsored by the Nigeria Cancer Society..
The Nigerian Cancer Society is dedicated to lessening the suffering and limiting the number of lives lost from cancer in our country, and helps to build capacity for cancer prevention, treatment (including palliative care) and research. It also prioritizes public awareness in order to improve access to needed care.
Cancer starts when cells begin to grow out of control. Our bodies are made up of cell which, normally, reproduce and grow under body controls. However, this process sometimes goes wrong and cells reproduce and grow out of control and form a mass of tissue called tumour or growth. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer, and can spread to other areas of the body. Thus, cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells grow and reproduce uncontrollably and invade nearby tissues by spreading to other parts of the body through blood streams and lymphatic systems hindering the activities of the normal cells
The exact causes of cancer are not known and very often no single cause can be found. Findings so far show that cancer causes are related to changes on genes. Such changes on genes are related to living habit such as tobacco smoking, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, and environmental factors like exposure to infections and carcinogens, and longer life expectancy. The following are the measures to minimize the risk of cancer:
If you note any of the danger signals, especially if you are beyond middle life, it is advisable to bring them to the attention of your doctor.
But if you learn to recognize them in the earliest stages, and seek a doctor's help you may save yourself untold suffering.
Even better, if you should make it a habit to go for an annual examination, cancer may be discovered by the specialists, even before it gives rise to any symptoms