Cancer is real”: Survivor

WINDHOEK; “Cancer is real. Cancer is here in Africa. It is here with us,” Nigerian breast cancer survivor, Princess Nikky Onyeri, said here on Sunday.

She was speaking during the opening of the three-day 8th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa conference and exhibition.

Onyeri, who is also the co-founder and director of the Forum of African Ladies/Spouses Against Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer, said she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 in Nigeria, and a doctor in the United Kingdom (UK) confirmed the disease in her body.

While fighting cancer, she helped establish the Forum with other cancer survivors in Nigeria, where the first Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa conference was held in 2007.

The conference was then held in Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mozambique, and now Namibia.

Onyeri said the Forum is currently facing challenges of limited resources to reach people all over Africa.

“We work together and find ways to fight cancer in Africa,” she said.

About 10 cancer survivors are attending the conference organised by the Office of the Namibian First Lady under the theme “Moving forward to end Cervical Cancer by 2030: Universal Access to Cervical Cancer Prevention”.

The objectives of the conference are to among others share experiences and best practices, and to take stock of responses to cancer of the reproductive system on the continent.

Over 1 500 participants, including about 10 African First Ladies, various African Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentarians, and health professionals, are attending the event, which ends on Tuesday.

Twenty-five exhibitors are showcasing their products and services during the event.