When ever we hear the word “cancer”
, the first reaction many people have is ‘God forbid’ or “I reject it” but despite all these positive
confessions, cancers are on the rise worldwide and even so in Africa In
Nigeria, Cancer is currently the 3rd most common cause of death and it gets
worse by the day. This article will focus on cancers in men and because 90 in
every 10,000 men in Nigeria have cancer with 72 in 10000 eventually dying from
it. We’ll talk about cancer in women next time don’t worry.
of popularity are: Prostate Cancer, Liver Cancer, Colon And Rectum Cancer, Other Cancers
(such as Testicular, Breast……Yup Men Can Have Breast Cancer), Bladder
Cancer And Oronasopharynx Cancers.
types of diseases involving abnormal cell growth. These abnormal cells have the
potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body and cause severe
damage. At the moment, . there are over 100 known cancers that affect humans and they are classified by the type of cell that is initially affected.
sibling who’s had cancer)
smoker’s are liable to die young –of cancer and many other problems)
diseases and cancer is just one more problem
day person who eats high cholesterol diet that is low in natural fruits and
high in processed foods and fruits etc)
radiation, asbestos, lead, industrial
wastes and gases)
treatments like hormone replacement therapies
Human Papilloma Virus in the throat and penis, Hepatitis B and C in the liver,
etc). have been found to be linked to certain cancers.
is detected when less advanced and early treatment is begun. Some symptoms are
an early warning of cancer and should help direct a person to seek medical
care. Some of the warning signs are general and may not help pinpoint a
particular cancer while some other symptoms are much more specific and steer
doctors to a particular kind of cancer or location. Unfortunately, most of
these symptoms are also caused by far less serious/fatal conditions, so some
people might ignore it. Nevertheless, the development of any of the warning
signs of cancer mentioned below should be paid attention to and well
sweats, Loss of appetite, New & persistent pain, Recurrent nausea or vomiting,
Blood in urine, Blood in stool (either visible or detectable by special tests),
a recent change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea), Recurrent fever, Chronic
cough, Changes in the size or color of a mole or changes in a skin ulcer that
does not heal, Enlarged or swollen lymph nodes.
Reduce your alcohol intake
vegetables, fruits and whole grain while avoiding processed foods and red meat.
preventable diseases. Eg. HPV vaccine for preventing cervical cancer.
regular cancer screenings and having routine medical check ups on a yearly
treatable if detected early.
Dedicated to my friend with Breast cancer. Stay strong, you can beat it.
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