Her sunken eyes
Tell the story
Of worry,
Pain and cries.

Her bald head,
Is a memo
Which reads:
“I’ve gone through chemo”.

Her burned skin,
Tells the pain
Of a possible solution
Call radiation.

Her flat chest,
Tells how the doctor
Severed her breasts
Oh! The horror.

Yet, she flaunts her scars
With strength and courage
She can’t be marred
By hurt or rage.

S(he) is a survivor.

This is for everyone out there who has in one way or the other been affected by cancer or lost a love one to it. You are not alone.I lost an uncle to prostate cancer several years back and it really left a huge void in my heart. Cancer is a terrible monster which has really caused pain and sorrow to many but we must not relent in our fight against it.

Every year, both women and men are diagnosed with breast cancer. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime while 1 in 1000 men is diagnosed. Self-examinations and early screenings go a long way in its management.
In recent years, there has been a decline in death rates due to better screening, increased awareness and improved treatment options. As we all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Since the birth of the “pink ribbon” movement in the 1990’s, funds are raised to support scientific research and public awareness of the disease. The event is tagged “Wear It Pink”. The pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness and it’s common to see people wear pink or any clothing/accessory having the pink ribbon logo.

In Nigeria, there is the BRECAN (Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria) founded by Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, an NGO aimed at galvanizing action against breast cancer in Nigeria. The association provides emotional and monetary support for people affected by the disease.

Healthy living and eating can help prevent cancer. Experts say limiting consumption of calorie-dense foods, eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and regular exercise can reduce risks of cancer. Cancer fighting foods include leafy green vegetables, berries, fresh herbs and spices etc. Also, alcohol should be avoided or taken in moderation.

Let’s not give this monster a chance anymore. Stay informed about cancer.
Don’t stop learning!
Think pink!
Wear it Pink!

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