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...there has been “a 100 per cent increase in breast cancer incidence in Nigeria over the last decade”

One (1) in every women who get breast cancer are over 70 years of age. Breast Cancer is the most commonest cancer in England with around 41,500 woman diagnosed each year. The older you are, the more likely you are to get it – If breast cancer is detected early, it is more treatable. Finding it early could save your life.

In a study carried out by the Nigerian National System of Cancer Registry, it was discovered that there has been “a 100 per cent increase in breast cancer incidence in Nigeria over the last decade” with ‘prostate, colorectal cancer (large intestine), lymphomas (lymph nodes), liver and skin as the five most common cancers affecting Nigerian men while breast, cervix, ovary, lymphomas and skin cancers are most common in women.’

Statistics tells us that that Cancer accounts for 12.5% of deaths worldwide. Cancer deaths more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis & malaria deaths combined. By 2020, 15 million new cancer cases expected yearly (WHO). 70% of new cancer cases (~10.5 million) will occur in developing countries. 1 million cases expected yearly in African countries by 2020 with 500,000 cases expected in Nigeria alone.

Breast cancer is 2nd leading cause of death among African Women. Late presentation is the hallmark of breast cancer and other cancers among African men & women resulting in ineffective treatment. 5-year cancer survival rate is 10% for Africa compared to 70% in developed countries.

Nigeria as the 8th most populated country in the world and #1 most populated country in Africa (~152 million people). An average life expectancy for Nigerian women is 48 years and death rate 16.31 out of every 1,000 deaths (6th highest in the world) .

SAOF believes that early detection and awareness about the infections of the diseases will create a change in terms of preventing someone from having it and creating a good pathway for reduction of infections of Cancer related diseases.

The SAOF ‘CANCER CAMPAIGN AWARENESS' So far has been very successful with our “Village Health Outreach Programme” We started in Kurere (a village in Ogun State, Nigeria). We have been very proactive in achieving our goal of holding regular seminars on causes and preventive measures. In the last 12 months, we have held 4 of such seminars in the UK in London on cancer and related topics.

Vine Branch Church – London Bridge , Black Afro Caribbean Center – Islignton,  Aso Rock Palace Hoxton - London , TLC Health Centre – Manor House, London

Since the inception of SAOF in Nigeria, we have successfully held 6 of such seminars as well. In our “Kurure Outreach Health Programme” in Nigeria, we have seen well over 200 patients to date – all for free. Our 4th annual meeting/Seminar in London was held on Saturday 2nd of March 2013.

Also Governors Amosun Ibikunle His excellency Governor of Ogun State and Doctor Yinka Oduwaiye the Founder of Sarah Ayoka Oduwaiye had a talk in promotion of Sarah Ayoka Oduwaiye Foundation in London earlier this Year.

This has been the mission and vision of Sarah Ayoka Oduwaiye Foundation (Breast Cancer Charity) in Nigeria and UK presently had been busy with campaign for Awareness of ‘Early detection of Breast Cancer’ in the rural areas of western Nigeria which is a phase in their vision against breast Cancer.  

Second version was Lanwa in Kwara State May 2013, where more than 400 villagers were also given free test, consultation and medication and there was one serious issues detected was referred  to UCTH Ilorin and was later cured, which would have resulted into complication or perhaps lead to death. The \

Third Village Health Outreach happened at Ibogun, Igbogun Village, Ifo Ogun State.

Ibogun community is made up of 37 villages. The village of former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo (Ibogun Olaogun) is one of them. The Primary Health Centre facility used for the program is located at Ibogun Olaogun and shared fence with the country home of the former President. The 3rd SAOF rural health outreach started on Thursday 8th of May 2014. Our visitation team led by the chairman, Dr. Banji Oyegbami went to the venue to assess the facility on ground at the Primary Health Centre. The team also paid a courtesy visit to Oba Onibogun of Ibogun land, Oba Isaac Adeyemi Ojelade. He received us warmly. He identified with the program and prayed for its success. He personally came to the program with his wife and chiefs. That same day, the team went to the monthly meeting of the Baales in council. Dr.  Oyegbami SAOF chairman intimated the Baales with the aims and objectives of SAOF  Breast  Cancer  charity  and our  activities so far in  Nigeria. They were quite pleased and happy with our Chairman who is an indigene of Ibogun for bringing the charity program home for the benefit of his people in Ibogun and the surrounding villages.

The recent Alarm raise by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), on the upsurge of cancer in Africa is worrisome. As a specialised agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO), such disclosure should not be ignored, especially the backdrop of the rising incidence of cancer in Nigeria. The alert should serve as a wakeup call on individuals, private foundations, federal and state government to give attention to a grueling health condition that is taking a huge toll on the citizenry.

Nigerians, therefore need to be enlightened on possible preventive measures, including regular screening. That’s why SAOF need more support to expand our vision beyond just one Village in a year. In some of our diagnosis if we have anybody that already have the disease there is need for constant enlightenment, because getting the disease is not a death sentence, ‘cancer can strike anyone’ whether rich or poor, and that’s why we are focusing on the people at the rural area don’t have the facility or money to get the best treatments