What You Should Know About Breast Cancer

I got a call from a friend that she lost her Mum. The COD is breast cancer!
I have heard a lot about this disease and so I decided to talk about it.
I was told that cancer is simply a disease caused by uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. So I guess breast cancer is a harmful tumour resulting from growth of abnormal cells on the breast.
The big problem is that there is not much information available
concerning breast cancer. And the problem we have in Nigeria now is that we don't pay much attention to this disease. We are mostly interested in other diseases like HIV, STDs, malaria etc.

I was at the lab yesterday and I was amazed at the number of people that were there to check their HIV status or run a malaria test. But I was surprised that the only people present for a cancer scan were those who are experiencing the symptoms already!
Its bad because cancer kills as well as HIV, malaria and the rest!
A lot of people die daily because of cancer (that includes Dora Akin, my lovely Aunty in Junior Secondary, my friend's Mum and many others).
Most times, when someone notice the symptoms for malaria or HIV, the next action such person takes is to go for checkup. It shouldn't be so with cancer!
If we only go for a scan when we notice the symptoms then there may be a little problem because it may be late by then. Its advisable you go for checkup regularly just to be on the safe side (I did my checkup yesterday! Try yours today).
So what are the causes of breast cancer.
Today, we hear a lot of things about what can cause breast cancer (I don't even know which to believe). But the truth is no one, not even google knows the exact causes of breast cancer. People who have breast cancer can't even pinpoint the exact cause. But we all know that breast cancer is always caused by damage to a cell's DNA and that means we should be extra careful not to do things that would throw the cancer to our face.
Health practitioners always advise we do a self examination ourselves with a standing mirror if you can't see the doctor regularly.
The best way to fight it is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. Unlike, HIV and Malaria which have anti-retro-viral drugs and anti-malaria drugs, I doubt if there is anti-cancer drugs so do yourself and your loved ones a favour by staying safe and visiting the doctor when you can.
Well, if you are doing the needful by running a scan, that's cool. If you aren't, well just be safe. Its good you know the symptoms so you know when you need help.
Although not all of them point to breast cancer, but it’s important to get any breast changes checked out promptly by a doctor. The symptoms of breast cancer includes:
- Swelling of all or part of the breast.
- Skin irritation or dimpling
breast pain.
- Lump in the underarm area.
- Nipple pain. Sometimes the nipple start turning inward.
- Redness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin.
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk.

If you notice any of the above, please see your doctor. I love you and don't want you to start struggling for life!
Many other people wouldn't want you snatched away by cancer.
If you don't know what to do, talk to someone (I am so available).

As Nigerians, let's learn to help ourselves. If you don't want to help yourself (I know you want to), then help others.
Some cases of cancer are hereditary. Prevent cancer and prevent your future generation from inheriting it!
Examine yourself, visit your doctor and take extra precautions!

Have fun. And enjoy a cancer-free life!


  1. Ahhhhhhh... That one na for women na... Guys no get breast!

  2. Our Dora who is a health practitioner was killed by cancer. So no one is safe oooo... Get checked

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