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City Council Staff get lecture on Breast Cancer

City Council Staff get lecture on Breast Cancer

As the world commemorated World Cancer Day on Februrary 4th, 2014. ‘Thinking Pink Breast Cancer Foundation’ gave a one day lecture on breast cancer to  the Management and Staff of Freetown City Council (FCC).  (Photo: Cremelda Pratt, CEO, Thinking Pink and FCC HR, Claude Campbell)

Delivering the lecture at the FCC conference hall,the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)  of Thinking Pink Foundation, Cremelda Pratt said cancer is a worldwide complex disease that needs to be controlled, and the time is  now.

She revealed that there are various types of cancer, but they are laying emphasis on breast cancer, which mostly affects women more than men, as prostate cancer kills men.

The general public, Pratt noted, needs to know what cancer is, how it can be detected at an early stage and cured, as it a disease of cells that go abnormal.

The causes of cancer, she stated, are many, which she explained are age, genetics, not having children till after 35 years, long term use of contraceptive etc., and about 90% of the  disease happens sporadically as food we eat like fatty food, overcooked food, and sugar, are contributing factors for cancer, including polluted air.

The symptoms of breast cancer, the CEO said, are lumps on the breast, swelling, rash, redness, and the risk contributing factors are smoking, obesity, late detection, being a woman.

In Sierrra Leone, she maintained that Thinking Pink Foundation is now focused on working on the risk factors which  are high because of life style and the polluted environment.

Some of the ways of preventing cancer she revealed are eating healthy food, stop excess alcoholic drinking, no smoking of cigarettes, regular medical check ups, early detection, etc.

The foundation she revealed is moving round the country sensitizing members of the public about cancer and breast cancer and how it can be prevented, as millions of people around the world are dying of cancer.

The Human Resources of FCC, Claude Campbell on behalf of His Worship the Mayor, expressed thanks and appreciation to Thinking Pink Foundation for delivering a lecture on breast cancer as council staff too need information and awareness of breast cancer, especially when the lectures are free and provide some amount of consultation for council staff.

By Zainab F. Kanu, Strategic Media and Development Communications

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