The blog is a center piece on topical issues that affect children and young people in Nigeria, Africa and the world. It will stand in the gap as voice to the voiceless and catalyses youths to take its place and drive change in local communities that would shape the world.
There is a legend about many years ago, an old man who used
to walk the street of that seaport town. He was called “The miser of Marseilles”.
He was an object of derision throughout the whole city and even throughout the
south of France, for everybody seemed to know him. Apparently, he loved nothing
and had no other object than to hoard every bit of money he got hold of: for
what purpose none knew.
He was hated whenever he appeared on the streets. When he
died, he was so despised that only a single person attended his funeral. Then
his will was read, and these were its strange terms and I quote:
“From my infancy I noticed that the poor people of
Marseilles had great difficulty inn getting water. I noticed that water, the
gift of God was very dear and difficult to obtain. And when they could get that
water, it was not as pure and clean as God intended it to be. Therefore, I
vowed before God that I would live but for one purpose, for one end. I would
save money, money, money- that I might give it to the city on one condition
that a canal is built to bring fresh, pure water from yonder lake in the hills
to Marseilles. That I now make possible by leaving all my hoarded wealth to
this city. This is my last will and testament “.
Travelers in Marseilles today hear the poor people say as
they drink pure, sweet water from the lake in the hills, “Ah, when the miser
died, we misunderstood him, but he did it all for us”. We called him miser of
Marseilles, but he was more than that; he was the savior of Marseilles”.
If human being could but learn one inescapable meaning in
this write up parable, we would know the secret of how to get the most out of
life which is to give the most to life. Just as they knew of the miser’s giving
selfless service to humanity, I tell you what? We all have something we can
give to change the world. Life is not all about how long you live but how well
you live it. Short stories are most impact than long articles. So ponder on
what you will be remembered for after leaving the earth. What will posterity
hold for you and me? Then we can start living and sharing the little we have
with others. It is never too late to do good to people you don’t even know. Life
is for the living. You are the hope to someone. Peace to the world!
Cancer is a serious illness that can affect many parts of
the body. Cancer starts when some cells begin to grow very quickly in an
abnormal way, causing growth (tumor) in the body. Sometimes, tumors go away
without treatment but many tumors get larger or spread, causing health problems
in several parts of the body.
What causes cancer?
One cause of cancer throughout the world could be increasing
amount of industrial pollution and toxic chemicals in our environment and in
our bodies too. The increasing number of people living with cancer is a
concerned that should lead our Government to act quickly to protect people’s
health and saves lives. But this is not coming very soon.
Several types of cancer are known to be caused specifically
by toxic chemicals and include – cancer of the lungs, bladder, liver, breast,
brain, blood (leukemia), multiple myeloma and non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. People
exposed to toxic chemicals over a long time have greater risk of getting these
cancers than people with or no toxic exposures.But in our today’s world, it is evenly exposable and knowing about it
may help and help in many more ways for early detection and treatment.
Finding and treating
Finding and detecting cancer early often saves life, because
the person can get treatment before cancer spreads. Getting young people to know
about it, is still a challenge in Africa and I don’t know if it is the same in
other continents? Treating cancer is far more expensive and still seems as death
sentence to many as victims. Some early warning signals of cancer are
tiredness, chronic weight loss, lumps, and pains in the body parts. Although
these can be signs of other illness as well, yet it is good people know and act
Poverty of preventive information materials is the greatest vulnerability
to cancer patients across Africa especially young adults. One way to find out if
a person has cancer is to have a test that takes a few cells from the affected
part, and for early treatment. I tell you cancer is not death sentence. People can
actually live and overcome it. But early detection remains the key.
To Breast Cancer
Breast is very important to all as human and recognizing
that every human was infant, and infant’s first six months from births relies
on it, if not wholly on breastfeeding. Breast feeding of infants as you may know, is
the way forward for resilience to six babies’s killer disease
especially in Africa. Therefore, we must do all we can to protect and respect
breast too; from where almost all of us are nurtured from.
But I have come to realize that breasts are receiving
alarming threat from cancer the more I look. And I had wondered why? Why some
superstition had that breast feeding causes cancer. Why young girls are left to grow with wrong notion or had to
believe such to deny their babies opportunity to be breast fed at motherhood. Why children die before aged 6? While some are disfigured by illness at
childhood for life. Why those unfounded misconceptions are left and or treated
with levity. I have come, come to know just one thing from it all. People can
perish for lack of information.
There are many causes
of breast cancer from exposure of chemical toxic to pesticides, oil, cleaning
products and air pollution amongst others. If a woman, mother or a sister has
had breast cancer, one may have a greater chance of getting it too. Breast
cancer is most common in women above 50 years. But do not wait to learn or know about it till
then that may be late. So learning ways to prevent it as you graced healthfully
in age is commonsense that should be made common to all. Breast cancer usually
grows slowly and is sometimes cured if found early. Hiding it is the silliest
thing to do as I see. Women can watch for signs of breast cancer by examining
their breast themselves. Look for lumps or unusual discharge from the nipples. If
a woman can do this once a month, she will be familiar with how her breast
looks and feel, and will notice any changes easily and on good time.
Surprisingly it is the vast number of women that grows up without
knowing how to check their breast or identify changes in them and prevent
breast cancer. As cheap as prevention of breast cancer is, or as low in cost as
per early detection of this is, this is not given adequate attention any where
I go to. But this article has came to do so. To close gaps of ignorance and misconception, gaps of information.
It came to simply tell you and me that, we have a role to
play in raising awareness about breast cancer to young girls and not excluding young boys too. It came to take
breast cancer awareness through simulation campaign to secondary schools in
Nigeria by an NGO – Children and Young People Living for Peace-www.cyplp.net.ng It came on time so lives can be
saved.To inform, persuade and remind
young girls how to check up themselves alike-
1.Look at your breast in a mirror. Raise your arms
over your head. Look for any changes in the shape of your breast, or any
swelling or changes in skin or nipple. Then put your arms at your sides and
check your breast again.
2.Lie down. Keeping your finger flat, press your
breast and feel for any lumps.
3.Be sure to touch every part of your breast. It
helps to use the same pattern everytime. Such as spiral or rows of straight
What to do if found a lump
1. If the lump is smooth or
rubbery, and moves under the skin when you push it with your fingers, do not
worry about it. But if is hard, has an uneven shape and is painless, keep
watching it especially if the lump is in only one side of the breast, and does
not move even when you push it.
2. See a qualified doctor if the
lump s still there after your next monthly bleeding. This may be a sign of
3. Also if there is discharge from
the nipples that looks like blood or pus. See a
And I hope this did help you. Please share this information to others
too. Help us prevent breast cancer, as breast is important too.
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