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Pap is for women


Pap is for women



Dr. Yemi Sanusi is a medical doctor with an MBA from Lagos Business School. She is the author of Heads and Tales, a medical fiction



I told my mother to go for a cervical smear. She nodded in agreement and carried on watching TV.



A few days later, I came back with quite a number of not so cheerful stories of women her age with irregular bleedings, pelvic pains, and unforgettable foul smells. Their cervical cancer cases had advanced and they wished they had known earlier. I was trying to save my mother (everybody, really) the trouble; to prevent what, really, is totally avoidable.



She had a bored expression on her face as I carried on. It was her way of saying ‘Do not disturb’. By the way, my mum is a retired trained nurse and midwife; I’m not accusing her of I-know-it-all. But as the Good Book warns, a prophet – insert me here – is not respected at home.



After a while, my mother looked up, clapped, and with just the right dose of sarcasm, blurted out singsong, in Yoruba, ‘Ah ah — my daughter the doctor, well-done o!  And that, for her, was the end of the matter.



Not for me though. I wasn’t prepared to give it up. I felt like a soldier on a mission.



After a bit of rest, I went over to my friend’s some doors away to meet with her mother, a market trader, who I’d always known to be a lot more receptive than my mother when it came to health. I let her into the dangers of cervical cancer and hoped she would spread the word.



After all, she had married at a young age and would probably know more women who had also been child brides or had many children at a young age or had unwittingly exposed the fact that they had had multiple sex partners – all factors predisposing a female to cervical cancer. I also knew she had a great list of friends and acquaintances married to men who were always on the move; tanker drivers’ wives, for example.



It would have been difficult to tell her to actually share the word with women who have had extra-marital affairs. No one would willingly confess that to her, I suppose; especially if there was a possibility of gossip flying around.



My friend’s mum was such a sweetheart. She took my little lecture to heart as she promised to go for a Pap smear as quickly as possible. She also promised to spread the word.



I was glad.  In fact, I was so happy I offered to check her blood pressure and blood sugar level on the spot. On my return walk home I was beaming, almost whistling.



Later in the week, my friend came around to inform me that her mother had gone to the hospital for a Pap smear. The doctor had commended her for showing up; he reassured her she was fine.



He had taken time to explain to her the ways of cervical cancer. Its incidence is usually higher in women from low socio-economic groups; of poor personal hygiene and sexual hygiene; even victims of unstable marriages. Loose living habits and prostitution are thought to be contributory. However, the most important factor seems to be early or, worse, premature commencement of the sexual activity.



When he asked her if she had any questions, she let out that she had found it funny when her daughter’s friend told her to go for a “Pap smear”; she wondered to herself if and where akamu would be smeared on her.



The doctor chuckled as he launched into an explanation. The test, he said, is named for the kind-hearted fellow who developed it: George N. Papanicolaou, a Greek-born anatomist; he lived from 1883 to1962. His test, typically performed by a licensed medical practitioner during a routine pelvic exam, he assured her, detects cancerous or precancerous cells of the cervix, allowing for early diagnosis of cancer.



The Pap smear, he continued proudly, has helped reduce the death rate from cervical cancer by 70 percent since its introduction in the 1940s. The test is 70 to 95 percent accurate in detecting cervical abnormalities.



 “Come back for another check-up  3 YEARS’ time,” he concluded. Postmenopausal women, he said, were at increased risk for cervical cancer; so, it’s important for older women to continue receiving Pap smears throughout their lives. He went on to recommend that her daughter (my friend) show up and get the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine for younger women. Fair enough.



Meanwhile, he was so impressed by her conscientiousness in paying attention to her health that he volunteered to give her a full medical check-up whenever she wanted one. She, for sure, had been quite pleased and relieved; she expressed her gratitude profusely, again and again, as the Yoruba’s are wont to do.



I, on my part, was elated that my ‘Prompt Mum’ – my friend’s actually, but you get my drift –was given a clean bill of health. I have a good feeling from knowing she’s safe, at least for now.



As I see it, the charity may well have to set out from home and make stops down the street before it can begin to make any headway. Now that’s something to write home about!

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Dear Sir/Madam

I’d like to tell you a bit more about CENTRE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH and an exciting new opportunity we have been given.

CENTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH works in Nigeria providing free drugs and medical services to poor, indigent and vulnerable people with hypertension and diabetes who cannot afford their healthcare cost especially the pensioners who have not received their pension for 25 months. Since we were founded in 2006, we have assisted 100,000 people. For example, just last year we helped Mr. Udo I Udom (pensioner) a diabetic and hypertensive patient, with a high level of blood sugar and high blood pressure, who could not afford his treatment by providing him with free drugs and consultation, currently his blood sugar and blood pressure is under control.

Just recently, the GlobalGiving Foundation selected us to participate in its Accelerator, a fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations around the world.

In order to succeed, we must raise $5,000 from 40 donors by 28th June 2019. If we meet this threshold, we will be permanently featured on GlobalGiving’s website, where we have the potential to benefit from corporate relationships, exposure to a new donor network, and access to dozens of online fundraising tools.

Please help us reach the threshold of $5,000 from 40 donors! Be one of the first people to make a donation at 
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Your donation will help save over 3000  poor indigent and vulnerable people who depend on this program from complications of hypertension and diabetes and deaths

We’re also going to need your help spreading the word! Please share this opportunity with your friends and family! Thank you!


Best,

Dr. C’fine Okorochukwu

Executive Director

Centre for Public Health

+2348037446884

cfineatlantic@yahoo.co.uk

info@centerforpublichealth.org



We are running out of Drugs



DRUGS! NEEDED URGENTLY

I am devasted to share that we are running out of drugs, and the numbers of indigent, poor, vulnerable men and women with diabetes, hypertension or both who are dependent on our PEOPLE HEALTHCARE SUPPORT INITIATIVE is increasing, especially the pensioners who have not received their pensions in the last 27 months.



We are seeing a shortage of key medicines. Most of them will develop serious complications and possibly death if their medications are discontinued.

I ask you today to stand in solidarity with this group of people to support them. They need you most at this point in their life to survive.



We are depending on people like you to help us continue providing free drugs and medical services to these people.



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Dear Sir/Madam

I’d like to tell you a bit more about CENTRE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH and an exciting new opportunity we have been given.

CENTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH works in Nigeria providing free drugs and medical services to poor, indigent and vulnerable people with hypertension and diabetes who cannot afford their healthcare cost especially the pensioners who have not received their pension for 25 months. Since we were founded in 2006, we have assisted 100,000 people. For example, just last year we helped Mr. Udo I Udom (pensioner) a diabetic and hypertensive patient, with a high level of blood sugar and high blood pressure, who could not afford his treatment by providing him with free drugs and consultation, currently his blood sugar and blood pressure is under control.

Just recently, the GlobalGiving Foundation selected us to participate in its Accelerator, a fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations around the world.

In order to succeed, we must raise $5,000 from 40 donors by 28th June 2019. If we meet this threshold, we will be permanently featured on GlobalGiving’s website, where we have the potential to benefit from corporate relationships, exposure to a new donor network, and access to dozens of online fundraising tools.

Please help us reach the threshold of $5,000 from 40 donors! Be one of the first people to make a donation at 
https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/providing-drugs-to-poor-hypertensive-and-diabetics/
Your donation will help save over 3000  poor indigent and vulnerable people who depend on this program from complications of hypertension and diabetes and deaths

We’re also going to need your help spreading the word! Please share this opportunity with your friends and family! Thank you!


Best,

Dr. C’fine Okorochukwu

Executive Director

Centre for Public Health

+2348037446884

cfineatlantic@yahoo.co.uk

info@centerforpublichealth.org


Cervical Cancer: Amy Danielle Anderson Story





Amy Danielle Anderson
WOMENS AWARENESS 🎗
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I’ve thought long and hard about whether my battle with cancer should stay a private one, but if speaking out saves even just one person from what I’m going through right now then it’ll be worth it to me.
At 25 years old I have begun my battle with Cervical Cancer Stage 2b. My diagnosis came just three weeks before I was to have my first ever smear test.
It started with abnormal bleeding and blood clots - symptoms I just couldn’t ignore. At first, my symptoms weren’t taken seriously. I tried to book an appointment at my GP but was told that there wasn’t a need for an appointment as there ‘wasn’t anything to see’. I rang again and had to wait a month for an appointment. I was advised to take paracetamol and go to bed. I had been feeling tired for months, had lower back pains but it wasn’t until I lost a frightening amount of blood for the third time that I finally plucked up the courage to go to a hospital and can only praise the staff that dealt with me from that day. THANK YOU to the nurses who held my hand in the start of the scariest journey of my entire life.
My tumour is a whopping 6cm and the cancer has spread to my lymph nodes. Because my cancer is at an invasive stage the only option left for me is to undergo both chemo and radiotherapy at the same time. Some of the side effects of these are devastating and life changing. I’m not quite ready to put all of those into words.
I’ve had more needles in me than a pin cushion, more bloods taken than I can count. I’ve had scans and tests up to my ears. I’ve had to stop working as the hospital is now my second home. I’m currently fresh out of a surgery which I absolutely insisted on having. Although my stomach feels like it’s on fire my ovaries now have a new ‘hiding place’ from the radiation. There’s a chance this will prevent them from shutting down and has given me some hope and positivity to hold on to. I now have to look forward to many gruelling weeks of chemotherapy, external and internal radiation. This week alone I’m taking 7 daily medications. My whole life and reality has turned upside down in a matter of months, and my battle’s only really just starting.
I’m shouting this from the rooftops and to all the girls who are scared of the smear test this is for you! I hope that every one of you reading this will march into your doctors surgery armed and ready. And for every person reading this with the ‘this won’t happen to me’ mentality, please believe me at least one of you out there is wrong. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that cancer doesn’t have any rules. It doesn’t care who you are. It isn’t waiting patiently for your 25th birthday. We need to catch this shit early. It’s so important to know that being on the combined pill for 5 or more years increases your risk of cervical cancer. I’d been on mine for 10 years and I didn’t know this. The HPV vaccine doesn’t mean you are safe to skip your smear, I had the vaccine! The symptoms of this type of cancer can be caused by many different things which are much less serious but if you’re body is telling you something then PLEASE listen to it. You know yourself better than anyone. Cancer is real and trust me it feels even realer when it becomes a fight for your own life. I’m fighting this with absolutely everything I’ve got. Cancer has started a war with me and it should be way more scared than I am. I refuse to let it wipe the smile off my face or take the spring from my step.
I’ve made this post simply for awareness. Abnormal bleeding should always be taken seriously. If you have any of these symptoms book an appointment with your doctor ASAP. Don’t take no for an answer. Don’t fear the smear. Pass the message on.
5 little things you should know .......................................
1. Be kind. You never ever know the battles that people around you are going through
2. You only know how strong you really are until you absolutely have to be
3. The age for the smear test needs to be lowered
4. Mentality is everything
5. Fuck cancer
I plan on being a cancer survivor🎗
Thanks for reading 💜💜 FEEL FREE TO SHARE FOR AWARENESS

Cervical Cancer Screening and Your Health By Ochi John Chidubem (Jr)


Cervical Cancer Screening and Your Health

By Ochi John Chidubem (Jr) (Johnbrain )

“Mrs. Afala you have cervical cancer,” the doctor told her in my presence, there was abrupt silence in the room that you can even hear the ant’s March sound outside the consulting room. A few seconds later came to an outburst of tears and screen, it Mrs. Afala shouting with the heart of bitterness, lamenting the story of her life unconsciously, Mrs. Afala being educated, knowledge of high-class status in the society knew the implication of the diagnosis. She was left in an indent shock and turn, emphatically speaking, that cancer has gone into its advanced stage.

    There is no cure for it currently, speaking from a medical point of view or on medical grounds. It can only but by the grace managed with chemotherapy and radiotherapy till the person dies. In a case where the patient in question is financial buoyant enough to carry on the remedial treatment. This sounds sad, tragic, pathetic, unreal, but that is the simple true story, that what people, so many we don’t to hear about pass through daily.

It's quite a pity she was going to be in pains till her death, from a condition that is preventable if detected early enough.

    It only and a miracle that she needs now as I speak to you. Hope you feel for her? Am quite sure you say God forbid in your heart, not my portion and so on.

But come to think of it! Had it been she went for cervical cancer screening (about 3 years ago), it would have been prevented from entering the advanced stage. The real flag would have been detected through early diagnosis.

    No woman should die of cervical cancer, go for screening today. Early diagnosis is key to treatment.

Go time through the next phase and answers question that might be running through your mind right now.







WHAT IS CERVICAL CANCER?

    Prior to answering this question, it would be fair I tell you what cervix means. It is the lower, narrow portion of the uterus where it joins with top end vagina, also known as the womb.

    Cervical cancer is malignant neoplasm or cancer arising for the cervix. It is due to the abnormal growth of cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body. At these stages, typically symptoms may include abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, or pain during sexual intercourse, while bleeding after sex may not be serious; it may also induce the presence of cervical cancer.



What types?

Types

Squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma

Symptoms

  Early: None

Later in life: vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, pain during sexual intercourse

Causes:

  Human papillomavirus infection (HPV)

Risk factors:

Smoking, weak immune system, birth control pills, starting sex at a young age, many sexual partners or a partner with many sexual partners.

Diagnostic method

 The gold standard for its diagnosis as recommended by WHO is cervical screening (Pap smear and HPV genotyping)





Prevention:

1)    There is a need for regular cervical screening at least once in every 3 years for women between the age of 21 and above as recommended.

2)    HPV vaccines

Treatment:

Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy

Survival rate:

Five years survival rate in the USA (68%) and India (46%)

Frequently of occurrence:

528,000 new cases (2012)

3.4 million With the condition as of 2015

Deaths:

238,600 died of cervical cancer in 2015

TAKE ACTION! SUPPORT US TODAY

Hello
I am Dr C’fine Okorochukwu, Executive Director, Centre for Public Health an NGO, join me to save more lives and achieve our commitment
In Nigeria today many people who can not afford the healthcare services are dying daily from Non communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis especially a section of poor elderly people and pensioners (Who are not being paid their pensions) we also offer healthcare services women and children in the rural areas.
Hence, in the past six (6) months Centre for Public Health has regularly provided free healthcare services to 385 (three hundred and eight five) people with these diseases. We still have millions of people who have no access to healthcare services, while we are still creating awareness about the prevention and early detection. We have also created insulin bank.
We have also conducted subsidized cervical screening (PAPS Smear with HPV genotyping) on women. We are still consistently creating awareness on prevention of cervical cancer using HPV vaccine and regular cervical screening.
Your donation will provide free healthcare services to the abandoned poor elderly people and also provide HPV vaccine to our young boys and girls. Your donations will save lives.

You can also get involved by volunteering. Contact us on info@centerforpublichealth.org
www.centerforpublichealth.org , your advice and suggestions will be appreciated
Join us today share this message

Thanks

Dr C’fine Okorochukwu
Executive Director
Center for Public Health
+2348037446884
SKYPE: Cfine4Health




STOP CERVICAL CANCER NOW!


The major cause of cervical cancer is a type of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This HPV virus is got through sexual contact with an infected individual. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in the female in the less developed countries with an estimated 445,000 new cases in 2012. In 2012 approximately 270,000 women died from cervical cancer, 85 % of these deaths occurred in the low- and middle-income countries like Nigeria.



In Nigeria the annual cases of cervical cancer are about 14,089 with about 8,240 deaths annually which means that about 23 women dies from cervical cancer every day. That is a woman dies of cervical every one hour. CERVICAL CANCER IS A DEADLY DISEASE.



Women from age of 15 years especially people that have become sexually active are at risk.



The good news is that this CERVICAL CANCER is highly preventable and treatable if detected early.

To save your life today all women from 25years to 65 years must go for cervical screening consisting of PAPS SMEAR and HPV TEST every 5 years’

Girls/Boys at age of 11-12 years must receive HPV vaccine.

With this cervical cancer will be prevented



***For your cervical screening (PAPS smear and HPV test) and HPV vaccine is available at PINK ROSE HOSPITALS, Stanpol Junction, Aba Road, Umuahia, Abia State. +2348037446884, info@centerforpublichealth.org  powered by CENTRE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH a non-governmental organization.



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