World AIDS Day : AIDS and Cancer

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st of December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome)-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

This year’s theme is “Everybody counts”: W.H.O. Calls on everyone to advocate for access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines.

HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is known to infect a variety of cell targets, the principal one being the CD4 (T4) helper – inducer lymphocyte subset.

People with AIDS have a heightened cancer risk from immunosuppression. HAART (Highly Active Retroviral Therapy) has been available since 1996. It has reduced AIDS – related mortality, but there are few large scale studies on cancer trends.

DO PEOPLE INFECTED WITH HIV HAVE AN INCREASED RISK OF CANCER?

Yes, people infected with HIV have a substantially higher risk of some types of cancer compared with uninfected people of same age. “HIV – Associated Cancer” – Kaposis Sarcoma, Aggressive B –cell Non – Hodgkin Lymphoma and Cervical Cancer.

A diagnosis of any of these cancers in someone infected with HIV confirms a diagnosis of AIDS.

Compared with the general population, People infected with HIV are currently about :

500 times more likely to be diagnosed with Kaposi Sarcoma

12 times more likely to be diagnosed with Non – Hodgkin Lymphoma

Women are 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with Cervical Cancer

19 times more likely to be diagnosed with Anal Cancer

3 times as likely to be diagnosed with Liver Cancer

2 times as likely to be diagnosed with Lung Cancer

2 times as likely to be diagnosed with Oral cavity/Pharynx Cancer

8 times more likely to be diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma.

In addition to being linked to an increased risk of cancer, HIV infection is associated with an increased risk of dying from cancer. HIV – infected people with a range of cancer types are more likely to die of their cancer than HIV – uninfected people with these cancers.

Infection with HIV weakens the immune system and reduces the body’s ability to fight viral infections that may lead to cancer. The Viruses that are most likely to cause cancer in people with HIV are:

Kaposi Sarcoma – Associated Herpes Virus (KSHV)
Epstein – Barr Virus (EBV)
Human Papilloma Viruses (HPV)
Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)
Hepatitis C Virus(HCV)

The introduction of Highly Active Retroviral Therapy (HAART) also called Combination Antiretroviral Therapy (c ART) starting in the mid – 1990s greatly reduced the incidence of certain cancers in HIV – infected patients, especially Kaposi Sarcoma and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The likely explanation for this reduced incidence is that c ART lowers the amount of HIV circulating in the blood, thereby allowing partial restoration of immune system function to fight the viruses that cause many of these cancers.

WHAT CAN PEOPLE INFECTED WITH HIV DO TO REDUCE THEIR RISK OF CANCER?

Taking c ART as indicated lowers the risk of Kaposi Sarcoma and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and increase overall survival. The risk of lung, oral, and other cancers can be reduced by quitting smoking
HIV – Infected individuals should know their hepatitis status. Some drugs may be used for both HBV – suppressing therapy and c ART.

HIV – infected women have a higher risk of cervical cancer, so it is important that they are screened regularly for this disease with cervical screening.

KSHV is secreted in saliva, and transmission of this virus may occur through deep kissing, oral –anal sex. Reducing contact through these routes may reduce the chance of being infected with KSHV.

On December 1, 2017, all the above serve as a reminder for all of us on what we must do as individuals and as groups. Knocking HIV/AIDS related-defining malignancies on the head by knocking HIV on the head with all of the above preventive measures but at the same time showing support and understanding for those amongst us who live with HIV/AIDS. Lakeshore Cancer Center remains an advocate for all measures aimed at reducing world wide statistics in all illnesses.

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Project Pink Blue Cancer Awareness Campaign

Project PINK BLUE, a cancer-fighting organization in collaboration with Dana Air, BellaNaija, Lakeshore Cancer Center and U.S. Embassy in Nigeria hosted Pink October Walk against Cancer, October 7th, 2017 at LTv / Radio Lagos Arena, Ikeja, Lagos in commemoration of International Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The event started at 8:00am with a 30mins Aerobics session, followed by a walk against breast cancer around ikeja neighborhood which lasted for 1 hour 20mins.The 5km cancer awareness walk kicked off at LTv / Radio Lagos Arena through Allen Roundabout, Ikeja underbridge and back to LTv. It was led by breast cancer survivors- Comfort Oyayi Daniel, Swatkasa Gimba, Khadijat Banwo-Fatai, Nurat Salmon, and Ada Oliver, they were also honored and celebrated with Champions Medals.

Celebrities like Yvonne Jegede, Keme(Ekemini Everett), Uriel Oputa, Rachel Okonkwo, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Miki Omeili and others were also present.

Afterwards breast cancer screening, Cervical cancer screening and Prostate Cancer Screening was conducted by Lakeshore Cancer Center.

A total of 115 people were seen. We recorded 76 normal cases and others had different issues that needed more oncology consultation.

12 men were screened for Prostate cancer with no abnormality seen.

Lakeshore Cancer Center and other organizations talked to the crowd, Dr Yinka Akinyemiju, Palliative care Physician talked about the importance of breast screening and regular breast examination.

The event came to a close at 4:30pm.

IT’S NOT TRUE!!!

…Debunking breast cancer myths and misconceptions.

In today’s society of information overload, there’s a whole lot being said about breast cancer that just isn’t true. Knowledge, they say, is power hence our resolve to separate the wheat from the chaff by debunking, with facts, some of these myths and misconceptions associated with breast cancer.

  1. IT’S NOT TRUE that only women with a family history of breast cancer are at risk.

*Only about 10% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease.

  1. IT’S NOT TRUE that the type of bra you wear or how tight it is increases your risk of getting breast cancer.

*These claims have been widely debunked as unscientific.

  1. IT’S NOT TRUE that all breast lumps are cancerous.

*So don’t panic! About 80% of lumps in women’s breasts are benign however;women are advised to report all changes to their Doctor.

  1. IT’S NOT TRUE that Breast implants can raise your cancer risk.

*Although Silicone implants may cause formation of scar tissue in the breast, studies have shown that they do not increase your breast cancer risk.However, standard mammograms don’t always work as well on these women, so additional X-rays are sometimes needed to examine breast tissue properly.

  1. IT’S NOT TRUE that antiperspirants cause cancer.

*Research has focused on Parabens, a preservative found in some antiperspirants, cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical products. This is because it was found in a sample of cancerous tissues taken from the breast. However since the study did not analyze healthy breast tissue and clearly did not demonstrate that parabens are found only in cancerous breast tissue, it’s been ruled inconclusive. Furthermore, they did not identify the source of the parabens and could not establish that its build up was exclusiely due to use of antiperspirants. Bottom line? There’s reason to be mindful but not paranoid. If it helps you rest easy, use paraben-free products.

  1. IT’S NOT TRUE that women with small breasts have a lesser chance of getting breast cancer.

*There’s just no connection between breast size and breast cancer risk however, very large breasts may be more difficult to examine and even mammograms and MRI more difficult to conduct.

  1. IT’S NOT TRUE that annual mammograms expose you to so much radiation that they increase your risk of cancer.

*While it’s true that radiation is used in mammography, the amount is so small that any associated risks are tiny when compared to its huge preventive benefits.

  1. IT’S NOT TRUE that men don’t have Breast cancer.

*Quite the contrary, each year it is estimated that approximately 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 410 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also check themselves periodically by doing a breast self-exam while in the shower and reporting any changes to their physicians.

Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola.  Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.

 

  1. IT’S NOT TRUE that using mobile phones or microwaves increase your breast cancer risk.

There’s no good evidence to suggest that exposure to ‘non-ionizing radiation’, such as that from mobile phones or microwaves has any effect on your risk of developing breast cancer.

The confusion behind these rumors may be linked to the fact that another type of radiation, known as ‘ionizing radiation’ can increase the risk of many cancers, including breast cancer, but it’s still dependent on the amount you’re exposed to.

  1. IT’S NOT TRUE that a lump is the only sign of breast cancer.

*Other signs to look out for includeswelling; skin irritation or dimpling; breast or nipple pain; nipple retraction (turning inward); redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin; or a discharge other than breast milk. Breast cancer can cause lymph node swelling in the armpit before a tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt. Luckily, a mammogram may pick up breast cancer before symptoms begin to manifest.

Dr. Ugonna .N. Ajoku.

 

 

 

Rita Dominic & BK Unique Hair Inc visited Lakeshore Cancer Centre & held an Exclusive Dinner with Female Cancer Survivors in its MyHairMyCrown Campaign Bella Naija

Following the official launch and unveiling of Rita Dominic as brand ambassador in November 2016, BK unique Hair Inc has introduced an initiative called “MyHairMyCrown” campaign in February 2017. BK unique hair Inc teamed up with Lakeshore Cancer Centre for this campaign which aims to support and encourages female survivors.

Brand Ambassador & A List Nollywood actress Rita Dominic was highly instrumental in making this a reality. On Monday Feb 20th, 2017, Rita and the BK Unique hair team visited Lakeshore cancer center. She was given a warm welcome with a tour of the facility, met with members of staff as well as some of the patients. She also got the opportunity to have a chat with some of the survivors who shared their experiences.

A raffle was conducted at Lakeshore cancer center, where 8 lucky ladies emerged winners of the maiden edition of My Hair My Crown Campaign.  They were awarded custom made, 100% human hair wigs courtesy of BK unique hair. On Saturday Feb 25th 2017, the winners were treated to full makeovers, as well as dinner with Rita Dominic at the prestigious Eko Hotel.

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Experts advocate national screening programme to reduce cancer in Nigeria

Medical experts have urged the Federal Government to come up with a national screening scheme for cancer to address the rising cases of the disease in the country.

A general practitioner, who is Head of Strategy, Development and Outreach at Lakeshore Cancer Centre in Lagos, Oge Ilegbune, while lamenting over the prevalent of cancer in Nigeria at an awareness campaign organised by the company urged government and individuals to find sustainable solutions that would prioritise prevention of the dieses.

Expectations are that the screening will lead to early detention and help the country to come down hard on widespread of cancer in the country thereby, reducing yearly loss to the life threatening disease.

 

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World Cancer Day is celebrated worldwide annually and 2017 is no different. Lakeshore Cancer Center is at the forefront of the drive to change the dismal cancer statistics with educative and awareness measures. This year the emphasis was on collaborating with likeminded individuals to carry out cancer Screening and preventive measures activities. This was done “At home” in collaboration with Dennis Ashley Wellness Clinic and PathCare Laboratories and supported by Landmark Africa office/ event center and Shoprite.

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