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85% Of Cancer Victims Are Smokers: Data

One of the leading causes of premature death is cancer; and believe it or not cigarette smoking is one of the leading cancer causing agents in this generation. Most people assume that smoking only causes lung cancer. Contrary to this belief it causes many other forms of cancer and on top of that there are several other diseases that come ...

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Colon Cancer Early Symptoms And Its Three Main Functions

Colon Cancer Symptoms

Colon cancer is also commonly known as colorectal cancer or large bowel cancer. It is actually cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer in males and fourth in females. It is second to cause death from cancer. Colon cancer can be defined in a simple way as a cancer ...

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Italian Charitable Sponsors Mammography Facility To Mbweni Hospital

Dar es Salaam: Mbweni Hospital in Kinondoni District of Dar es Salaam can now screen breast cancer. Italian charitable organization Ruvuma Onius Limited has donated the facility a mobile Mammography system, which costs around 80,000 euro. The breast cancer screening facility was handed over to the hospital by Mr Luigi Scotto, Ambassador of Italy to Tanzania. Thanking the charitable organization ...

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‘I wish I had breast cancer’: Outrage at pancreatic cancer charity’s ‘repugnant’ new ad campaign

A campaign to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer has sparked outrage after the ads showed patients wishing they had more common types of the disease such as breast and testicular. Outrage: The ‘cancer envy’ campaign was devised by the charity Pancreatic Cancer Action to highlight the poor survival rates of the disease The ‘envy’ campaign was devised by the charity Pancreatic Cancer Action to highlight the poor survival rates of the disease. The crux of the message is that the disease has a five-year survival rate of just three per cent – compared to 85 per cent of breast cancer patients and 97 per cent of men with testicular cancer.  In the TV ad, genuine pancreatic cancer patients are seen saying ‘I wish I had testicular cancer’ and ‘I wish I had breast cancer’ as information about symptoms and survival rates appears on the screen. But critics have slammed the controversial campaign as ‘horribly insensitive’ and ‘repugnant’. Many took to Twitter to condemn the campaign. @lesleykinney said: ‘Your I Wish I Had Breast Cancer slogan is offensive, repugnant and hurtful towards all cancer victims and their families.’ @MBCNbuzz wrote: ‘Survival stats meaningless if you’re the one who dies. A death is a death.’ @BCCare said: ‘Unless you have experienced it yourself, it’s impossible to fully understand the brutal reality of breast cancer’ @ABHuret said: ‘Since when is “any” #cancer a contest? @OfficialPCA promotes misguided “I Wish I Had Breast Cancer”‘ @Lolly_Knickers wrote: ‘I understand that pancreatic cancer patients want a better prognosis and funding but you can’t use cancer as a competition.’ @bjj1212 wrote: ‘”I wish I had breast cancer”. Horrible insensitive campaign for those with bc and those who have lost loved ones to it.’ And @Brandie185 wrote: ‘I had breast cancer. I speak from the heart when I tell you I wish it upon NO ONE. Not a single person.’ But the charity’s founder, Ali Stunt - diagnosed herself with pancreatic cancer in 2007 at the age of 41 – defended the campaign. She told MailOnline: ‘When I was diagnosed I was horrified to learn the survival rate and actually found myself wishing I had a different type of cancer. ‘I understand that any type of cancer is a horrible, horrible disease – not least metastatic breast cancer [that which has spread] – and would not wish cancer on anyone. ‘But there are patients with pancreatic cancer who would prefer to have another type with a better prognosis [such as breast or testicular]. ‘Eighty-two per cent of patients with pancreatic cancer will die within a year and the average life expectancy is four-six months.’ She added that many patients have not even heard of pancreatic cancer before they are diagnosed with the disease – despite it being the ninth most common cancer in the UK and fifth most common cause of cancer death, killing 8,000 people in the country every year. Ms Stunt continued: ‘Awareness is key to early diagnosis and this is particularly true for pancreatic cancer. ‘In our case, despite the best efforts of ourselves and other pancreatic cancer organisations, for 40 years, pancreatic cancer patients in the UK have faced the same grim prognosis.’ But in a statement, Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said:  ‘We strongly dispute any message which suggests that one type of cancer is preferable to another. ‘We believe Pancreatic Cancer Action’s recent campaign does just this. I’ve yet to meet a man or woman with breast cancer who would consider themselves in any way fortunate to have received a diagnosis. ‘It’s utterly misleading to imply that breast cancer is a more desirable form of the disease.

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Hugh Jackman treated for skin cancer after wife urged him to get growth examined

Hugh Jackman has revealed that he has been treated for skin cancer. Message to his fans: Hugh Jackman posted this picture of himself revealing that he has been treated for skin cancer, getting a growth on his nose removed The actor broke the news on his official Instagram account on Thursday, revealing that his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, 57, had urged him to see a doctor about a growth on his nose. ‘Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy she was right!’ Hugh explained. PageSix report that the 45-year-old actor was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, that can often appear as a red or pale lump. Urging his fans to take the same action should they have any similar concerns, he said: ‘Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked!’. The actor – who posted a picture of himself with a plaster on his nose from where the growth had been removed – added: ‘And USE sunscreen!!!’. The plaster had been visible earlier in the week on Tuesday, when Hugh was seen out riding in New York. Hugh is not the first celebrity to have urged fans to take necessary precautions when it comes to fighting cancer. In June this year, 64-year-old actor Samuel L Jackson encouraged men to talk more about cancer and other illnesses. ‘Guys don’t talk about their health issues, unless they’ve got a sprained ankle,’ he said. ‘We’ll talk about our injuries but we won’t talk about our illnesses, so I think it’s time we do that.’ The actor said he was motivated to put his weight behind a charity named One For The Boys after he learnt that friends had secretly coped with cancer without telling anybody. He said: ‘When they started talking about it, I realised most guys don’t talk to other guys about what their medical conditions are – especially cancer conditions. ‘And most guys think the only cancer guys get is prostate cancer, or they look at TV and see it as basically a woman’s problem, but it’s not. ‘So I realised that we do really need to make men aware of the fact that cancer is a very serious thing for guys.’ Meanwhile, it has been reported that Hugh has entered negotiations with Twentieth Century Fox about returning for another installment of The Wolverine. According to Deadline, Director James Mangold is in talks with the film corporation about writing another Wolverine film and Lauren Shuler Donner is being lined up to return and produce the film again, after her work on on 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2013′s’The Wolverine. The storyline for the upcoming project is being kept under wraps, but some believe the plot could follow on from the character’s antics in next year’s hotly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past. @MailOnline

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Dar hospital hosts free screening camp for prostate cancer

Regency Medical Centre, in collaboration with Lancet Laboratories and Lions Club of Dar es Salaam (Host), will hold a special screening camp for prostate cancer and age-related non-cancerous prostate diseases ...

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Cabinet approves Bill on traditional healers

Cabinet has approved the enactment of a Bill that will regulate the proliferation and operation of traditional doctors and herbalists in the country, Health Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has said. Health Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda Speaking at the media advocacy programme on Non-Communicable Diseases (NDCs) at Imperial Royale Hotel on Friday, Rugunda also warned cigarette smokers that government is soon embarking on vigorous enforcement of laws against smoking, especially in public. “Cabinet has passed the Bill to regulate herbalists and traditional medical practitioners. The Bill is being tabled in Parliament in due course,” he said. The spirit of the Bill, he stressed, is to sieve out quack practitioners from the genuine health workers, and also bring a stop to the rising figures often fuelled by wrong prescriptions by the quacks. To explain the connection between the escalation of NCDs and traditional herbalists, Dr. William Lumu, a Diabetologist at Mengo Hospital and chairman Uganda Diabetes Association, said that the regulation of traditional herbalists will partly help to tame the rising prevalence of NCDS like diabetes, cancers, cardio-vascular, chronic respiratory, kidney and mental illness. “Our people tend to trust these traditional herbalists more. They even stop taking clinical medication on the advice of these untrained traditional doctors. We need to control these fake doctors. You cannot tell a patient that you can cure cancer!” Lumu said. According to Rugunda, these Non Communicable Diseases are slowly killing Ugandans, a move that might injure the economic progress of the country. “In 2008, 80% of NCD related deaths were developing countries. It is estimated that 30% of the adult population in Uganda have high blood pressure and 80% of these are not aware that they have these diseases,” he said. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Director General Health Services at the Ministry of Health, told New Vision that if a person is to be flown abroad for treatment of any NCD, 60,000 dollars are spent. To curb these illnesses, Aceng advised Ugandans to control tobacco smoking and resort to healthy diets, and daily exercises. She also appealed to Ugandans to go for free screening in government hospitals in order to detect these diseases early enough and receive proper medication. By David Lumu and Tony Rujuta, The New Vision

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