If I Die Take Care Of My Baby>>Pre-eclampsia Patient

“IF I DIE TAKE CARE OF MY BABY”
This were the exact words of a lady at the point of giving birth.I was sad to hear her say these words to her relatives at her bedside before we pushed her to the operating theatre for C/S.
What made her say this?
Why would a mother to be utter this words ?
She is a 29years old lady expecting her First(1st) child,her blood pressure has never been recorded above 120/80mmhg before, she has always recorded a blood pressure (BP) around 110/80 to 120/80mmhg. But the unexpected happened just 20weeks after her pregnancy, her BP shot up to 180/100mmhg,her weight increased excessively ,her hands and feet began to swell(edema),she also complained of her eyes,headache and protein in her urine.
Its sad how a lot of women have died out of this condition ,they never had high BP but their blood pressure went up during pregnancy.
This particular lady was fortunate she had a successful C/S but how many women will be fortunate like her?????
NO WOMAN SHOULD DIE GIVING BIRTH,Motherhood is a joy and it shouldn’t bring sadness to a family or a nation.The condition called Preeclampsia is sending a lot of pregnant women and newborns to the grave,it shouldn’t happen to you or your relative .
PREECLAMPSIA–Be prepared before lightening strikes. Tuesday 22nd May 2018 is World Preeclampsia day ,REPROCAN GHANA,a health NGO will join hands with GHANA ACTION ON PRE-ECLAMPSIA(GHAPEC) at Ridge Hospital and on the streets of Accra to create awareness on Pre Eclampsia .See flyers for details come and join Reprocan Ghana and the host(GHAPEC) to create awareness …..
Save a life by joining to create awareness on pre- eclampsia.
NO WOMAN SHOULD DIE GIVING BIRTH.
#save our pregnant women now
#save our wives now
#save our mothers now
# save our future leaders now.
# save the nation builders now
# no woman should die giving birth.
# pledge your support by sharing on all social media platforms by using the # tag.
#reprocanghanaghanaactiononpre-eclampsia
#nowomanshoulddiegivingbirth

written by
Obed Asare Bediako
CEO Reprocan Ghana
www.reprocanghana.org
0246247253

Reproductive Cancers Awareness Team Ghana(Reprocan Ghana) To Mark World Cancers Day With Float and Cancer Screening On 3rd and 4th Feb

Reprocan Ghana is an NGO that provide health education and screening on cancers that affect the reproductive organs of both males and females such as Prostate cancers,Penile cancers,Cervical Cancers,Breast Cancer etc and other non communicable diseases(NCDs) such as Stroke,sickle cell disease,high blood pressure etc.

Reprocan Ghana also do malaria and Diabetes screening for school, churches and communities.

Reprocan Ghana operates on the principles that cancers and other NCDs can be prevented and avoided if the needed education,screening and early treatment is given. Reprocan Ghana provide services across the country through their Zonal Coordinators other service of Reprocan are the Home care Nursing Agency,Reprocan Charity and Reprocan education support.

4th February every year is the international day to celebrate all cancers ,the theme for the world cancer day is We Can I Can. This year in Ghana Reprocan Ghana is organizing a float on 3rd to create awareness on all cancers and on the 4th of February is a free medical screening at circle. Side attraction is NHIS card registration and renewal for citizens who don’t have NHIS.

The will be free cervical cancer pre screening,breast examination, PSA for prostate,malaria test, sugar, bp check among other checks.

This event is sponsored by 

Never Smoked? You Can Still Get Lung Cancer

Never Smoked? You Can Still Get Lung Cancer

Know what symptoms to watch out for, factors that increase your risk and who should consider lung-cancer screening.

By Rachael Bieschkie

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“People need to know it’s not just a smoker that gets diagnosed with lung cancer,” says stage IV lung cancer survivor Stacy Foltz. And what she says holds truth: many people associate lung cancer with smoking, but it’s possible to develop lung cancer even if you’ve never smoked.

In fact, rates of lung cancer among non-smokers are on the rise, with one study showing that the incidence of the disease in “never-smokers” increased from 13 percent to 28 percent during a six-year period. Another study showed rates of lung cancer in never-smokers nearly doubled from 8.9 percent in 1990-1995 to 19.5 percent in 2011-2013.

“In general, the term ‘never-smoker’ refers to individuals who have smoked fewer than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime,” says Dr. Ashish Sangal, MD, medical director of the Lung Center at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear, Arizona.

Worldwide, lung cancer in never-smokers accounts for 15 percent to 20 percent of cases in men and over 50 percent in women, Dr. Sangal says. But “there are major geographic differences, particularly in Asia, where 60 percent to 80 percent of women with the disease are never-smokers.”

Foltz, now age 47 and mother of three, had never smoked and also had no family history of lung cancer. She assumed her heavy cough early in 2016 was due to being worn out after caring for her ill mother-in-law. “I didn’t think anything of it. I’m prone to getting bronchitis every year. I went to the doctor and they treated me for bronchitis and I continued to cough,” she says.

What Are Lung Cancer Symptoms in Non-Smokers?

A cough that does not go away or gets worse, as in Foltz’s case, is a common symptom of lung cancer. In never-smokers, this symptom may not immediately trigger doctors to consider lung cancer as a diagnosis. Foltz was treated for both bronchitis and asthma (even though she doesn’t have the latter) over a period of five months before she received a diagnosis of stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). “It was a shocker,” she says. “It was a rare [epidermal growth factor receptor] EGFR cell that mutated.”

After undergoing three rounds of chemotherapy that caused many side effects that impacted her quality of life, Foltz switched her care to CTCA® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Illinois, where she received a different type of chemotherapy. When Foltz’s cancer did not respond to the chemotherapy, her medical oncologist recommended immunotherapy, which Foltz says was a game-changer in her cancer journey. Within two weeks, Foltz says, “My oxygen level was up. I was feeling better. I had been coughing from January through July nonstop. After two weeks of the treatment, it had subsided.”

Foltz has had some bumps in the road. A few months after starting the immunotherapy, her care team learned that the cancer had metastasized to her brain. Foltz had radiation to the brain, and then continued with immunotherapy. Additionally, when her cancer stopped responding to the immunotherapy after seven months, she began treatment with a new chemotherapy regimen recommended by her oncologist, a treatment she continues to receive (do we have a frequency here). Today, Foltz says she is doing well with no side effects. According to Foltz and her oncologists, her scans look good..

For many patients, lung cancer symptoms do not occur until the disease is in the advanced stages or has spread to other parts of the body. That’s why it is so important to pay attention to your body. In addition to cough, symptoms may include:

  • Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing or laughing
  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Coughing up blood
  • Unexplained shortness of breath
  • Unexplained fatigue and weakness
  • Bronchitis or pneumonia that doesn’t go away or recurs
  • Pain and weakness in the shoulder, arm or hand
  • Fever that comes and goes
  • Severe headaches
  • Body pain

Risk Factors Other Than Smoking

“The causative factors for lung cancer in never-smokers are not well understood,” Dr. Sangal says, however, gene mutations are involved in some cases. He says:

Researchers are learning more and more about what causes cells to become cancerous and how lung cancer cells differ between non-smokers and smokers. For example, an article published in Clinical Cancer Research explains that a particular kind of gene mutation is much more common in lung cancer in non-smokers than smokers.

This mutation activates a gene that normally helps cells grow and divide. The mutation causes the gene to be turned on constantly, so the lung cancer cells grow faster. Knowing which gene changes cause cancer cells to grow has helped researchers develop targeted therapies, drugs that specifically target these mutations.

Dr. Sangal also notes other risk factors for lung cancer that are considered to be most important among never-smokers, which include:

  • Second-hand smoke
  • Radon gas exposure, which can become concentrated in homes built on soil with natural uranium deposits
  • Occupational exposures to toxins such as asbestos, chromium and arsenic
  • Air pollution, both indoor and outdoor
  • Prior damage to the lungs from underlying pulmonary disease or exposure to radiation or chemotherapy
  • Family history of lung cancer
  • Viruses; it’s possible that viruses such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) could play a role in lung cancer among never-smokers. Research is ongoing in this area

Should Non-Smokers Be Screened?

Currently, screening with low-dose chest CT screening (LDCT) is not routinely recommended for never-smokers but is recommended for current or former smokers who meet the following criteria:

  • More than 30 years of tobacco smoking
  • Age 55 to 74
  • Quit smoking less than 15 years ago

There has, however, been an effort to identify patients at high risk of non-tobacco-smoking-related lung cancers, such as those with a family history of the disease or clear second-hand smoke exposure, Dr. Sangal says, with one study from Taiwan showing benefits in early detection with the use of LDCT. He encourages anyone who has concerns to speak with their primary care physician.

The Importance of Precision Medicine

There are important biologic differences at the molecular level between lung cancer cases in never-smokers and smokers. According to Dr. Sangal, “The best understood of these are the abnormalities in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) pathway. He notes:

These EGFR pathway abnormalities seen in never-smokers have been associated with a particular responsiveness to [certain medications like] erlotinib and gefitinib, agents that inhibit EGFR tyrosine kinase. The ALK fusion oncogene is another molecular variant in NSCLC that is seen more frequently in never-smokers and for which targeted therapy is now available.

In Foltz’s case, with EGFR mutation positive non-small-cell lung cancer, she reports having good quality of life with immunotherapy and certain chemotherapy treatments, stating, “I have my life back and I do everything I did before cancer.”

Steps to Lower Your Lung Cancer Risk

“It’s still true that staying away from tobacco is the most important thing any of us can do to lower our risk of getting lung cancer,” according to Dr. Sangal. “Non-smokers have already eliminated their greatest risk factor.”

Aside from not smoking, certain lifestyle changes may help reduce your risk even more, especially if you’re already a non-smoker. Dr. Sangal says:

Testing your home for radon, avoiding second-hand smoke, and limiting exposures at work can help avoid the leading causes of lung cancer in non-smokers. A healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables may also help reduce your risk of lung cancer.

If you or a loved one receives a lung cancer diagnosis, Foltz recommends having a good support system in place, including family, friends and your doctor. “Have a good support system and faith,” she says. “Find a doctor you trust and remember this is about you and ultimately you have the final say about your treatment.”

No case is typical. You should not expect to experience these results.

Cancer! The Sad Story Of a Primary 5 Girl

  1. Most times we don’t see the need to involve primary school pupil in cancer awareness. They might be too young to get cancers but they have fathers,mothers,uncles,brothers etc who can be affected by cancers. On 22nd November our team were invited to Medie in the greater Accra region to give a health talk in a school on cancers of the reproductive organs for the staff and the students,we met a very brilliant young lady in primary 5 who shared her sad story about how she first heard about cancers. Her story will make you cry,she lost an aunt to cancer of the breast and she was told that since her aunty had Breast cancer she will also get cancer when she grow,this and many other things her class mates told her about cancer has always put fear in her, space will not permit me to share her sad story but in short we learned that we must take education on cancers to the schools to help give assurance to students with similar myths and misinformation .

Teach your children the truth about cancers ,cancer is not a disease one will get when he visit a cancer patient and is not automatic that a child will get cancer because the mother had cancer.

Facts about cancers

Cancer  is a disease that can be prevented with regular check ups.

Cancer is curable when we see it early

Cancer is not just one disease any body part can be cancerous.

The more you know about cancers the better your chance of preventing it

Let us help create the cancer awareness till cancer stop killing .

Students of Joy to the World school at MedieThe head of the school checking her vitalsReProCan ambassador operating the projectorSection of students asking questions after the presentation

 

Myths About Prostate Cancers.

Here are some things that will not cause prostate cancer: Too much sex,a vasectomy and masturbation. If you have an enlarged prostate(BPH),that does not mean you are at greater risk of developing prostate cancer.

Researchers are still studying whether alcohol use,Sexual Transmitted Diseases(STDs) or Prostatitis play a role in the development of Prostate Cancer

DENSE-BREAST and BREAST CANCER RISK

  1. Does the size of you breast matter? If you have a big breast do you need mammogram or ultra sound?

When you think about breast cancer screening, one word usually comes to mind: mammogram. But for about half of the women in this country, this traditional measure of testing might not be enough.

That’s because roughly 50 percent of women in the world have what’s called dense breasts, a description that refers to the amount of fibroglandular tissue versus fat in the breast—a factor that impacts both cancer risk and detection, explains Laurie Margolies, M.D., the chief of breast imaging at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York. (Related: 5 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk)

Women with the densest breasts are five to six times more likely to develop breast cancer than women with the lowest breast density, Dr. Margolies says.
Why? It could be that with dense breasts, there’s more active tissue that can develop breast cancer, she explains. “The fatty part typically doesn’t develop breast cancer. With dense breasts, there are more opportunities for something to go wrong as a cell divides.”

The other biggie: Mammograms can miss cancers in women with dense breasts. Fatty breast tissue is ideal for a mammogram. “The cancer shows as a white spot and it’s easy to see in a gray background,” explains Dr. Margolies. An extremely dense breast, on the other hand, appears on a mammogram like a white piece of paper. “The cancer is white and the tissue is white, so the cancer is much harder to see unless there is some fat around tissue,” she says. “Dense breast tissue is tissue that might hide a small cancer—or a not-so-small cancer.”

Surprised? You’re not alone. A survey published in Oncology Times this year discovered that only 20 percent of women realize breast density plays a role in how well a mammogram detects cancer; even fewer ladies were aware that dense breast tissue was a risk factor for breast cancer.

So now, the important stuff: How do you know if your breasts are considered “dense”?

For one, younger women are generally more likely to have dense breasts than older women. “Breast density is related to the hormonal milieu that the body has,” says Dr. Margolies. “As we hit menopause, fatty tissue increases and fibroglandular tissue decreases.” From an evolutionary standpoint, that’s likely because fibroglandular tissue is needed to produce milk, and as we hit menopause we no longer need it. Breast density will likely be found to have a genetic component, too, notes Dr. Margolies: “But no one yet knows what it is or how to test for a potential breast density gene.” (Related: This Company Offers Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer at Home)

But you can’t figure out your breast density by your age or even through a self-check. When it’s time to get your first mammogram (age 40 or 45 depending on your risk factors—talk to your doctor about the best age for you), the radiologist will typically record your breast density in their radiology report.

Historically, women were not told this was in their report, says Margolies. But now new practice require that if your breasts are dense, that information be included in your results.

When the first breast density law went into effect in Connecticut U.S.A, a number of health professionals worried these laws would lead to unnecessary procedures, false positives, and patient anxiety. And, Dr. Margolies confirms, initial results did indeed show that there were many false positives and many benign biopsies completed. But, she adds: “In the ensuing eight years, this has dramatically improved.”

Today, breast density awareness is seen as a lifesaver. In part, that’s because if you have dense breasts, getting an ultrasound—a supplementary breast cancer screening for women with dense breasts—can catch a cancer that a mammogram might miss. Says Dr. Margolies: “If you take 1,000 women with dense breasts who had a normal mammogram, three will have a tiny, little invasive breast cancer that an ultrasound can pick up early.”

  1. That might not seem like a big number, but considering breast cancer takes the lives of 40,610 women every year worldwide, catching the cases that might otherwise be missed proves incredibly important. Be aware of your breast density—and always ask questions if you’re unsure. It could be the difference between catching a cancer early and missing it until it is too late.
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Binatone Ghana MD Advice ReProCan To Continue The Cancer Fight.

Yesterday,ReProCan was privileged to have the MD of BINATONE GHANA at their workshop.The workshop was to help ReProCan members and the general public learn how to make cakes and smoothies in their home. Although Reprocan is a cancer NGO but it always create opportunity  for it members to learn new skill.

The the closing ceremony the MD used the occasion to express his happiness and adviced the Leadership of Reproductive Cancers Awareness Team Ghana(ReProCan) to do more to enable it look more attractive to the general public.

He said cancer is a disease that can be prevented if more awareness is created’

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The Only Way To Win The Cancer War Is Awareness.

ReCancers are abnormal growth of cells in the body,where the abnormalities happen is the name give to the cancer.

Reproductive Cancers are the cancers that start from any of the reproductive organs of both the male or the female. Most cancers are caused by lifestyles although some are genetics. Most cancers could have being prevented with the needed education.

Cancers can be prevented if we devote our time to create more awareness and support cancer awareness teams.

To be able to achieve the SDGs on cancers,government should invest more into Awareness, health promotion and prevention.

Reproductive Cancers are not death sentence if you see it early treatment is better.

ReProCan! knowledge Is Prevention.