The Issues of Breast Cancer in Nigeria Essay

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“Mrs. Claire Anyanwu has visited her doctor everyday for the past week. She was at the convention last month. Women were encouraged to go for medical checkups. She was luckily diagnosed early enough to be treated of ‘mild breast lumps.’ It is an ailment that could lead to breast cancer. We are happy to see women respond to our awareness programs.” said Dr. Rosa Phil (1). In her article, Dr. Phil commends Mrs. Anyanwu for taking action against breast cancer as she recommends all women do the same.
The issue of breast cancer is fast becoming a major one. There is a huge hole to be filled in the area of breast cancer awareness in Nigeria. An article posted in the ‘The Daily Trust’ titled, “Breast Cancer amongst us” claims “Nigeria is one of
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The intelligent question is how much does Nigeria as a whole know about breast cancer? And also how much is the Nigerian system doing on educating Nigerians especially women about breast cancer? The WHO also states that 40% of breast cancer cases can be prevented. Therefore, wouldn’t awareness be one of the major solutions to breast cancer? If we agree that awareness is highly important, the details of breast cancer shouldn’t be an issue only to victims of breast cancer and the health sector but the Nigerian society as a whole.
According to the general health report written by WHO on breast cancer, 18% of all breast cancer deaths worldwide are attributable to alcohol use, overweight poor daily diets and obesity and physical inactivity. This report also stated that physical inactivity was responsible for about 10% of breast cancer deaths. At this stage, the health sector comes in to play a great role. Doctors should try to emphasize the importance of exercise, healthy eating and moderate alcohol intake to all patients at hospitals. An article presented online by the WHO states:
As part of the ongoing Black Women's Health Study, a recent research was particularly focused on foods that help lower the risk of estrogen receptor-negative (ER-negative) breast cancer, a type of breast cancer common among African women. But what was discovered was that many vegetables fight all forms of breast cancer, and even cancer in general. Additionally, women
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