It’s World Cancer day, what is it all about?

World Cancer Day is the initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. It takes place every year on 4th February.

THEME – We Can. I Can.

Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day explores how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.

World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.

The aims of  organizing World Cancer Day is  to reduce the rate of  deaths  that occur each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease

With the rapid rate at which cancers are developing, almost everyone knows what cancer is. But in case you are still wondering what cancer is, it disease in which abnormal cells divide uncontrollably and destroy the normal body tissue.

There are different types of cancer depending on the affected cells/organ but the common ones are:

  • Breast cancer (majorly in women and very rare in men)
  • Lung cancer (majorly affect active and passive smokers)
  • Colon/colorectal cancer( common to people who are obese, hereditary, older people, no/low/high fiber diet)
  • Prostate Cancer( middle age/older men)
  • Non melanoma skin cancer( usually affect older people/ people with compromised immunity)
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cervical cancer (women)
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia (cancer of the blood)
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Endometrial cancer

The causes of this disease is yet to be known but there are some factors and lifestyles  that put one at risk of developing cancer, such as:

  • Aging
  • Gene (hereditary)
  • Smoking cigarette and Tobacco.
  • Diet and Physical Activity.
  • Over exposure to sun and Other Types of Radiation( such as MRI,XRAY, RADIOTHERAPY, MICROWAVES)
  • Viruses (such as Human Pappiloma Virus)and Other Infections.
  • Poor working environment, for example those working in a mill/ asbestos


The symptoms/signs of cancer varies according to the part of the body/cell that is being affected. However, there are some common symptoms, such as:

  • Fatigue/unexplained tiredness
  • Lump or area of thickening that can be felt under the skin(not necessarily in the breast)
  • Weight changes (it could be weight gain or loss that was not planned or intended)
  • Skin changes, e.g  yellowing, darkening or redness of the skin, sores that won’t heal, or changes in the size/color of existing moles
  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits (constipation/diarrhea)
  • Persistent cough or difficulty in breathing
  • Difficulty/painful  swallowing
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Persistent indigestion or discomfort after eating
  • Persistent, unexplained muscle or joint pain
  • Persistent, unexplained fevers or night sweats
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising

There are several complications associated with cancer but to mention few;

  • Loss of body part
  • Metastasis
  • Death

As deadly and dangerous Cancer is, it is preventable just by making some lifestyle changes:

  • Quit smoking
  • Maintain a healthy weight/BMI
  • Eat healthy/balanced diet
  • Make exercise an habit
  • Avoid over exposure to sunlight and radiation
  • Get vaccinated
  • Go for regular screening

Treatment of cancer includes: Chemotherapy, pain reliefs, removal of the affected part etc

Remember, prevention is better than cure! Together we all can war against cancer and have a cancer free world!Tell others about this post and share it.

Your caregiver,

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Adenike Oladimeji (RN).



Posted by The Sent Nurse Adenike

I am The Sent Nurse,My real name is Adenike Oladmeji. I refer to myself as “the sent nurse” because I strongly believe I have an assignment not just as a regular nurse but to care for people in their lowest state beyond the physical needs. Also most of my patients fondly call me "the sent nurse"because of the way I have cared for them. The peculiarity of my profession for me is that it has moved beyond being just a nurse that takes care of the body, but one that takes care of the soul/mind and spirit of a human being. I care for the threefold man – the body, the soul/mind and the spirit. I am a very proud and enthusiastic registered nurse, and I currently practice with Roding Healthcare in Lagos, Nigeria. Added to my skill and expertise in taking care of your soul / mind, I am also a certified emotional intelligence, health/wellness and life coach. To further carry my message and passion for both my calling/profession and the three-fold man, I own a blog ( that focuses on faith and health related topics and discussions. I also speak at events, conferences and seminars, both Nationwide and Internationally. As an entrepreneur, I manage the operations of Ewaade beauty store (@ewaadebeautystore) , a beauty store that operates majorly via social media, providing quality cosmetics and beauty products to every female of all levels. At Ewaade beauty store, enhancing your true beauty is our goal because we believe there is no flaw in you (you are altogether beautiful). We provide you a balance of the best quality and cheapest prices.

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