Breast Cancer: Aisha Buhari Encourages Women, Girls On Self Examination

Aisha Buhari Asks Nigerians To Support Girl Child Education
File photo of Mrs Aisha Buhari


Wife of President, Aisha Buhari on Thursday encouraged women and girls to cultivate the habit of doing a monthly self-breast examination.

Mrs Buhari said with the monthly examination will give room for early detection and ensure in saving the lives of many women.

She made this call in a post on her verified Instagram handle @aishambuhari

“I call on all Nigerian women and young girls to make a commitment to always do a monthly self-breast examination because early detection is key to saving lives. Let us all join Medicaid Cancer Foundation @medicaidcf to #Walkawaycancer,” her post read.

Mrs Buhari in the post also shared pictures of where she was being presented with a branded T-shirt with the inscription “Walkaway Cancer.”

Also in the picture was the wife of Kebbi State Governor, Dr Zainab Bagudu; and a lady presenting the T-shirt to the President’s wife.

Topless, Singing Serena Sparks Internet Breast Cancer Stir

Serena Williams attends the 5th Annual Imagine Ball Honoring Serena Williams Benefiting Imagine LA Presented By John Terzian & Val Vogt at The Peppermint Club on September 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images/AFP


Tennis superstar Serena Williams caused an internet sensation Sunday by posing topless for a video while singing “I Touch Myself” to raise awareness for breast cancer.

In the Instagram video, Williams covers her breasts with her hands while singing a version of Australian band The Divinyls’ 1991 hit in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia.

“This Breast Cancer Awareness Month I’ve recorded a version of The Divinyls global hit ‘I Touch Myself’ to remind women to self-check regularly,” wrote Williams on the post.

“Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it because it’s an issue that affects all women of all colours, all around the world. Early detection is key — it saves so many lives.”

The song was co-written by Divinyls Australian vocalist Chrissy Amphlett who died of breast cancer five years ago aged 53.

“The music video is part of the I Touch Myself Project which was created in honour of celebrated diva, Chrissy Amphlett, who passed away from breast cancer, and who gave us her hit song to remind women to put their health first,” said the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

The video was viewed more than 1.3 million times in the first 10 hours after it was posted early Sunday with fans lauding the tennis superstar for her bravery in performing the song.

“Amazing Serena, important message and such a beautiful voice!” wrote one under the username deedpaula.

Another alshaze47 commented: “This is powerful!! I’m a Breast cancer survivor!!”

The video appeared less than three weeks after her tempestuous US Open final defeat to Naomi Osaka, where Williams smashed a racquet and accused an umpire of sexism.

Williams, who celebrated her 37th birthday four days ago, pulled out of this week’s China Open in Beijing to bring a premature end to her 2018 season, her first back on tour since giving birth to a daughter a year ago.


Syria’s First Lady Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

President Bashar al-Assad (L) sitting next to his wife Asma as she begins treatment for early-stage breast cancer at a hospital in the capital Damascus. Handout / Syrian Presidency Facebook page / AFP


The wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has begun treatment for early-stage breast cancer, the presidency said on Wednesday. 

“Asma al-Assad is beginning the first stage of treatment for a malignant tumour in the breast that was discovered at an early stage,” the presidency announced on its social media accounts.

The announcement came with a photo of the first lady in loose clothing and trainers, sitting on a chair in a hospital room with an intravenous drip inserted in her left hand.

She was smiling at her husband, President Bashar al-Assad, who sat to her right.

The presidency did not specify where the first lady was being treated, but the word “military” was printed on a blanket visible in the picture, indicating she was likely in a government-run military hospital.

Born in 1975, the British-born former investment banker styled herself as a progressive rights advocate and was seen as the modern side of the Assad dynasty.

She rarely appeared in public during the first few years of the uprising, but over the past two years has been much more active at charity events.

Asma, whose father is a cardiologist and whose mother is a diplomat, has two sons and a daughter with Assad.


Alicia Keys, McCartney Launch Campaign Against Breast Cancer

(L) United States singer, Alicia Keys, and British fashion designer, Stella McCartney (R). Photo: Wikimedia

United States singer, Alicia Keys, and fashion designer, Stella McCartney, launched a new breast cancer awareness campaign on Monday aimed at African American women who have much higher mortality rates than white women.

The British designer, whose mother Linda died from breast cancer in 1998 aged 56, will give a percentage of the proceeds from a new pink lingerie set to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Breast Examination Center in Harlem which provides free testing in New York City.

“This really resonates with me because I was brought up in Harlem and my mother is a breast cancer survivor,” Keys said in a campaign video. “We want to really encourage people to break the taboos and go and get checked.”

She said statistics have shown that African American women have a 42 percent higher chance of cancer mortality from breast cancer than white women due to lack of access to early screening and prevention programmes.

McCartney, in Paris for her label’s fashion week show, said, “Sadly I lost my mother to breast cancer 19 years ago. She didn’t meet my children.”

The designer has run three previous annual awareness campaigns fronted by models Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and comedian Chelsea Handler.

Some of the money raised will also go to the Linda McCartney Centre at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in Britain, which helps cancer patients and their families.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus Announces She Has Breast Cancer

Award-winning “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has revealed that she has breast cancer.

The 56-year-old American actress disclosed the diagnosis to her 750,000 Twitter followers, posting a picture of a printed note that read: “One in eight women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.”

“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring friends, and fantastic insurance through my union,” she continued.

“The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”

Louis-Dreyfus, who has two children with actor Brad Hall, attached an image of the note to a tweet in which she wrote: “Just when you thought…”

The news comes less than two weeks after the “Veep” star won a sixth consecutive Emmy for comedy acting.

A native New Yorker of French stock, Louis-Dreyfus has been one of America’s most popular and influential comedy actors since she found fame with cult sitcom “Seinfeld” in the 1990s.

On “Veep” she plays a somewhat bumbling vice president who later becomes the acting president, despite her hapless staff making political blunders along the way.

She has six consecutive best actress Emmys for “Veep” as well as three as an executive producer when it was awarded best comedy series.

She has won in the past for her roles on “Seinfeld” — which also earned her a Golden Globe — and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

It has been a rollercoaster year or so for the actress, who tearfully dedicated her acting Emmy in 2016 to her father, who passed away two days earlier.

“I am so glad that he liked ‘Veep,'” she said, her voice breaking down as she accepted the award. “Because his opinion was the one that really mattered.”

“Veep” recently announced that the seventh season of the HBO show, due to air in 2018, will be its last.

Among the people expressing support for Louis-Dreyfus after her cancer revelation was former vice president Joe Biden, whose son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015 at age 46.

“We Veeps stick together. Jill and I, and all of the Bidens, are with you, Julia,” Biden wrote, referring to his wife.

He attached a photo from a comic video in which he and Louis-Dreyfus spoofed the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2014.

“Yes we do. Love back to all of you,” the actress replied.


Nasarawa Indigents Get Free Surgeries and Screening

doctors-free-surgeriesOver 500 indigent in Nasarawa residents have benefited from free surgeries and screening under the Rapid Response Initiative.

The initiative which was conducted in the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi is in line with the federal government’s vision to reach out to 10,000 indigents across the country who cannot afford medical surgeries for various illnesses.

One hundred free surgeries were allocated to the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi and they have been conducted successfully.

In addition to the surgeries, free testing and screening was conducted to over 400 indigents to know their status on some killer diseases.

The Chief Medical Director, Dr Joshua Giyan, who underwent the surgeries himself with the help of some consultants of the clinic applauded the federal government for the initiative.

Mr Giyan also called on the people of the state especially well to do individuals to join hands to help underprivileged people in the state.

Happy with the initiative, he promises to sustain it even after the stipulated time.

“It is a step in the right direction, we are going to continue even after this. I urge all and sundry to put hands on deck and support this type of venture so that indigents will have succour in the area of health care,” he said.

One of the beneficiaries, Blessing Edache who had lumps in her breast removed successfully, expressed gratitude to the Nigerian President for such initiative.

“I thank God for making it possible for me to be alive today. I was admitted here for an operation (breast lump), I thank the President for remembering us,” she said.

Surgeries conducted include lumpectomy, inguinal herniorrhaphy, hydrocelectomy, cataract extraction, myomectomy, correction of refractive errors.

Screening for hepatitis, diabetes. prostate cancer, breast cancer were also conducted. Those found positive were counselled adequately on the next line of action.

Mrs Amosun Leads Cancer Campaign In Abeokuta

Amosun-MrsWife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has challenged government at all levels, corporate organizations and individuals to stand up against breast and cervical cancer which have continued to pose serious  public health issues in Nigeria.

Mrs Amosun gave the challenge in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, after a campaign on cancer awareness and screening for tertiary school students and women across the state.

While promising that the current administration would settle the surgery bills of those detected to have the disease, she urged the women to embrace healthy lifestyles in order to maintain good health.

Experts at the awareness programme also recommended a comprehensive approach to cancer prevention and control.

They agreed that cancer prevention and control should involve health education, as well as vaccinating girls before initiation to sexual activeness.

EN: Nollywood Film To Screen At Cannes, Righteous Man Makes A Come-back

Udoka OyekaOn this spotlight segment, EN featured the director of the acclaimed short film, Living Funeral, which has been admitted to screen at 2014 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, Udoka Oyeka.

Living Funeral tells the story of a young lady about to die from breast cancer. However, her family is yet to come to terms with the reality of her imminent death.

Nollywood great, Liz Benson and Norbert Young play active roles as father and mother of the patient.

Also, EN features Raggae maestro, Righteous Man as he makes a come-back to secular music.

Here’s what’s trending in the entertainment world.

Yetunde Babaeko Stages Breast Cancer Awareness Photo Exhibition

Yetunde Babaeko sharing the idea behind this photoRenowned photographer, Yetunde Babaeko and X-perspective, a group of female photographers launched a first of a kind photo exhibition to the delight of guests who converged on Goethe Institute, Onikan on the March 8, 2014 to create awareness for breast cancer.

The exhibition drew guests ranging from photographers to art and health enthusiasts and the general public. The event commenced with a one-minute silence for Pa J.D Okhai Ojekere a legendary photographer who was buried on the same day. Yetunde Babaeko opened the event with a speech on her idea behind X-perspective initiative and the exhibition.

Mrs. Clementina Ometu, a representative of Sebeccly Cancer Care educated guests on breast cancer and the importance of early detection, which can help reduce the outbreak in the country. This will enlighten the members of the public and potentially reduce stigma in the society.

Photos showcased were taken by a group of independent female photographers, known as X-perspective led by Yetunde Babaeko, who are driven by the collective goal of “making a lasting impact through the lens of a camera”. Photos from six photographers were showcased, each of them telling a unique story about different cancer survivors.

“This exhibition is really close to my heart because it affects women and their families. These women go through a lot emotionally, financially and physically and the hospitals lack adequate medical equipment and personnel that are needed to cater to these women. My major goal is to create awareness and advocacy for early detection that will reduce the number of patients in the long run. Another goal for me is raising funds for the survivors and patients that are needed to make available the necessary equipment and medications required”, Yetunde Babaeko speaks passionately about breast cancer at the exhibition.

“I attended a workshop organised by Sebeccly Cancer Care and there was a woman who could not afford treatment for the illness. I said to myself what could I do because I didn’t have money nor did I have wealthy friends? That’s where the initiative 1K4Cancer was birthed that had a main goal of soliciting for funds for cancer care and treatment”, Wana Udobang speaks about her initiative at the exhibition.

It was emotional and heartbreaking to hear the survivors’ story. We did not fully understand the gravity of the stories they told until we started seeing and taking pictures. I joined the initiative because I felt touched by their stories, how most of them had to sell all they had just to pay for treatment and it still was not enough to cover all the treatment”, Yemi Disu a member X-perspective said.

members of X perspective Jumoke Sanwo, Yemi Disu, Wana Udobang, Yetunde Babaeko
members of X perspective Jumoke Sanwo, Yemi Disu, Wana Udobang, Yetunde Babaeko


Yetunde Babaeko addressing guests at the exhibition
Yetunde Babaeko addressing guests at the exhibition
Steve Babaeko and his children
Steve Babaeko and his children

Longer use of Tamoxifen Can Reduce The Risk Of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is less likely to recur if women previously treated for the disease take the drug tamoxifen for 10 years, instead of the recommended five years, according to a British study.

The study was a component of a larger international trial, for which similar results were announced last year.

“I think it’s huge because it’s the second trial to show a benefit for 10 years versus five years,” said Dr. Sandra Swain, medical director of the Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center and president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO. “It is important not only in the U.S., but for the world. It is a very inexpensive drug.”

Tamoxifen, available as a low-cost generic, has long been used for younger, premenopausal, women with early-stage breast cancer that responds to estrogen. Most start taking the estrogen-blocking drug immediately after completing their initial surgery or chemotherapy.

Around 70 percent of breast cancers are estrogen-receptor positive, meaning they are fueled by the hormone.

ASCO guidelines now call for women at increased risk of breast cancer to take tamoxifen for five years. For postmenopausal women, the guidelines say raloxifene, an estrogen receptor modulator sold by Eli Lilly under the brand name Evista, may also be considered.

The latest findings, presented at the annual ASCO meeting in Chicago this weekend, found that side effects increased with longer tamoxifen use, but concluded that overall benefits outweigh those risks.

Researchers estimated that, compared with taking no tamoxifen, 10 years of the drug reduces breast cancer death rates by a third in the first 10 years and by half after that.

“Until now, there have been doubts whether continuing tamoxifen beyond five years is worthwhile,” said lead study author Richard Gray, professor of medical statistics at the University of Oxford.

Between 1991 and 2005, 6,953 women in the United Kingdom who had been taking tamoxifen for five years were randomly assigned to continue treatment or to stop immediately.

Breast cancer recurred in 16.7 percent of the 10-year group, compared with 19.3 percent in the five-year group.

Longer treatment also reduced the risk of dying from breast cancer. The women who continued tamoxifen treatment had a 25 percent lower recurrence rate and a 23 percent lower breast cancer mortality rate than the women who had been allocated to stop after only five years.

The results were called “practice changing for premenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer,” by Dr. Sylvia Adams, associate professor New York University School of Medicine.

In the United States, postmenopausal women at high risk of breast cancer are usually offered drugs in a newer class known as aromatase inhibitors, such as Arimidex, sold by AstraZeneca.

“For premenopausal women the standard of care will likely include 10 years of tamoxifen,” Dr. Adams said. “For women who enter menopause during that period, AIs are still an option. Tamoxifen will also be an option.”

Rare but serious side effects of tamoxifen include increased risk of endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus), blood clots and stroke.

Nollywood loses another actress

Nollywood  has been thrown into mourning again as they lose yet another act in the soap opera field Cassandra Gabriel.

The late Cassandra was a popular face of the soap opera “Face2Face”where she played the role Sisi Carol.

The unfortunate incident happened on Saturday, after battling with breast cancer for over a year.

Late Cassandra who hails from Igueben local govt area in Edo State left behind a child.