Getting Cancer Should Not be a Death Sentence

This page recognizes the enormous  joy, potential and beauty of Africa.  It also recognizes a huge pocket of despair and pain.  This year, more people will get cancer in Africa than die of AIDS.  Yet, cancer is seldom properly treated. Watch the two films below. The first film shows that we can do better.  The second shows life, the joy and potential.  Time to mobilize.  We ask that you share this and do two things.

1.  Go to our Facebook page and share an inspiring photo or short video. Cancer in Africa is more than pain and suffering.  It is also about hope, creativity, innovation and compassion.  Creative arts can clearly show this as well as generate a needed conversation.

2.  Learn something about cancer prevention, get involved or reach out and support one patient.  This could be emotional, physical, financial or family support.   Every drop of education, engagement or support can have a tidal wave of goodness.

The International Prevention Research Institute did a nice job on this video. Thank you and we are proud to share it. A reminder that a) prevention equals great value and b) Africa innovations, traditions and self-participation are critical for improving the path for the patient ahead.

Image: Cancer patients sit in a chemotherapy ward while receiving treatment at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, April 24, 2012. Most of Africa’s around 2,000 languages have no word for cancer. There are an estimated one million new cancer cases sub-Saharan Africa will see this year – a number predicted to double to 2 million a year in the next decade. REUTERS/Olivier Asselin. Read More

A Call to Action: There is a support gap that needs to be filled

Improving the African cancer experience for future patients is not an easy task but you can take steps, today.  Remember, a great deal has been learned from the AIDS experience. A collaborative citizen, enterprise and government focused approach needs to occur with cancer, just as it has with AIDS.   This means supporting organizations and initiatives involved in African cancer prevention, improving citizen awareness, professional training, supply-chain improvements and equipment and facility investment.  One example is the use and expansion of HPV vaccination. Another example is the effort to implement cost-effective treatment of pre-cancerous lesions.   A third example is mobilizing support for improved pricing and availability of chemotheraputic and palliative medicines.  These are but a few examples.   Help for the patient ahead begins with expanding the quality and quantity of the conversation.

As photos and related arts are posted to our Facebook page, we will share and present below as many pieces as possible at the end of the month.  Thank you!

Africa is Also About Hope & Joy - Let's also celebrate that!

Cancer awareness starts with education.  Support the learning process from early education to higher education. Providing essential supplies, contributing to content and improving access to the tools and equipment necessary for learning adds long-term value.

Cancer has a Global Reach: We Need to Work Together

Infographic from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Insight Blog