In the spirit of Pink October, the University College Hospital (UCH) subsidized mammo test from N6000 to N2000, a welcomed development that attracted scores of women around Ibadan. Some BRECAN members took advantage of the reduced fee to undergo the test today not minding the 9 hours they waited for their turn. Hopefully, the huge patronage which is a sign of increased awareness will compel the hospital authority to procure more machines to reduce hours of waiting.
We need your support!
We are very excited to be entrants in the AMGEN Foundation and Ashoka’s Changemakers Competition, Patients/Choices/Empowerment. This is a global competition to recognize innovative solutions to answer the question of how we can elevate patients’ voices to improve health outcomes globally.
By being part of this competition, we have a great opportunity to get the word out about our work in raising breast cancer awareness, providing patient support and galvanizing a collective action against the disease in Nigeria.
The competition is an open platform where we can share our work with the world, so the more people we can inspire, the better!
Please help us rally support for our work:
- Visit our project entry http://www.changemakers.com/node/92299
- Leave us feedback about our entry. Here’s how:
- If you do not have a Changemakers account, please click here to register on the site. It only takes a couple of minutes.
- Login at the Changemakers website.
- Go to the Patients/Choices/Empowerment competition site
- Visit my entry, read about what I do and leave me feedback! http://www.changemakers.com/node/92299
- Update your profile and be part of a growing online community of support!
- Spread the word to your colleagues and friends through your emails, blogs, or websites. I’ve included some information about us below that you are welcome to share with others.
This contest can give our work a great boost. Thank you very much for your help!
Description of Project:
BRECAN Jog for Life is a project of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria , a non-governmental organization with a mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life threatening disease in Nigeria through public education, patient support, advocacy and research. In Nigeria, the perception of breast cancer as a disease that has no cure is deeply entrenched. Worse still are the myths and false beliefs about what causes breast cancer and how it can be treated. These myths and misconceptions are responsible for, to a large extent, the poor clinical outcomes in most hospitals in the country. In an effort to change this mindset and prove that breast cancer is not a death sentence, BRECAN created an innovative, fun-filled outdoor event called Jog for Life to raise the profile of breast cancer and galvanise a collective action to reduce suffering and untimely deaths caused by the disease. As the name implies, Jog for Life entails an early morning jogging through a designated route of about 5 km, starting at 7.00am prompt . T-shirts and caps are made specially for the event and sold to the public. Participants include breast cancer survivors with family members and friends, sponsors, invited guests and the concerned public. A special guest of honour usually a notable woman leads the joggers. At the finish point, BRECAN, sponsors and special guest of honour make brief remarks. Other attractions include luminaria ceremony (where luminaria are decorated with the names of survivors and those who lost the fight to breast cancer), aerobics, wall of hope , raffle draw and free medical screening including breast exam. Participants are treated to a light refreshment with the event lasting for about two hours What started in Ibadan with less than 100 participants in 2002 when nobody wanted to talk about breast cancer has grown to be an event that is now held in at least three cities every October (the breast cancer awareness month) where over 5000 dynamic and diverse participants register to take action against breast cancer. Apart from raising awareness, Jog for Life has been critical in fundraising for BRECAN Hope Lodge “a home away from home” for breast cancer out-patients and their care givers traveling to the University College Hospital, Ibadan for treatment/check-up as well as serving as a platform to celebrate survivorship and promote exercise as a healthy life-style.
The Founder and President of BRECAN, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu submitted that breast cancer awareness without access to treatment and care was a wasted effort. This was her view during a chat with a radio Nigeria reporter on the activities of BRECAN for the Pink October. She urged the government, corporate bodies and well-meaning Nigerians to support NGOs championing the cause by funding programmes aimed at reducing suffering and untimely deaths caused by the disease. Women were advised to be breast aware and take charge of their breast health by doing a simple self examination or hi-tech examination involving mammography given that when breast cancer is detected early, the chances for surviving the disease are greatly improved.
Breasts are breasts, and that is what most woman or even men know about the breast anatomy.Is it just fatty tissue, does it have muscle, why the difference in size and shape at different times of life, why dont men develop bigger breast? How much do you know?
A lot of things run through the mind of a person when a diagnosis of cancer is made.
Cancer thought by many people in our environment is a spiritual attack or punishment for wrong deeds. To some people it’s a mystery and to others a death sentence.
Cancer simply put is when ‘good cells go bad’. It could also be as a result of when tissue/cells are in wrong location that is not in their normal sites.
A cancer cell on its own doesn’t become malignant unless it is repeatedly exposed to the environment like exposure to U.V light, cigarette smoke, infective organisms, toxins, chemicals etc
A normal cell has a nucleus (power house of the cell) which contains chromosomes that are made up of genes. Genes are made up of numerous double helical structures, DNA, that have on each strand materials which codes for our genetic makeup. When there’s a change in the arrangement of these substances, there is a change in genetic information therefore producing bad protein needed for cellular growth. As this continues, there is abnormal cell growth and proliferation.
There are six hallmarks of a cancer cell:
• Generation of own growth signal freeing them from growth constraints normal cells have.
• Ignores signal not to grow like normal cells.
• Evading apoptosis (programmed cell death): Cancer cells have acquired the ability to stay alive unlike normal cells that receive message when their time is up.
• Limitless replication potential
• Tissue invasion/metastasis: The ultimate achievement of cancer cells. This is when cells are able to invade surrounding and distant tissue. It is responsible for 90% of all human cancer deaths.
• Sustained angiogenesis: Angiogenesis is the process by which blood vessels are formed. Cancer cells can trigger this process which allows the tumour sustain itself.
These hallmarks have created pathways for cancer treatment.
Dnt forget, BRECAN is on facebook. Become a fan at http://on.fb.me/cxm9JK
So i asked around, or might I dare say coerced a couple of women, most of them between the ages of 18 and 24 about what they know of breast cancer, their reactions and anything they can comment on relating to the disease. Sure this Blog is for the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, nonetheless, I guess you could say i cheated and asked any and every woman i know, Nigerian or not.
The results, which will be trickling in over the coming weeks are posted below unedited…
P.S. It is funny when most times, Ladies feel uncomfortable when a guy asks them about breast cancer. Whether its via some social network or in person, I must say their reactions are interesting. I should look into recording some video sometime. I digress! Back to the matter at hand.
I hope you find this informative. I know i will.
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BRECAN Jog for Life was held in Ibadan on October 16, 2010. It took off from Government House and ended at Loyola College. This annual event marks Pink October and aims to raise breast cancer awareness and funds, celebrates survivorship and promotes exercise as a healthy life style. Participates were led by the FIDA President International. Mrs Stella Ugboma ably represented by Mrs Yemisi Abimbola, FIDA Chairperson, Oyo State. Present were women groups including FIDA, Inner Wheel, ZONTA, Society for DEAF Women, various schools and a Medical Team from the University College (UCH), Ibadan that provided free medical screening,
This is from Admin. Breast cancer association of Nigeria….