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October is Breast Cancer awareness month and we are going to be working towards raising awareness on the disease. There are various initiatives and events planned around the country this month and we will ensure that you receive the information that might help save a life!
The Pink Pearl Foundation is going from state to state to raise awareness on breast and cervical cancer. Their Lagos rally was held yesterday.
Photos are below plus you can read all about the foundation and their work as well.
It is great that they are targeting women in the rural areas (this has been done in Delta State); a particularly vulnerable group due to lack of diagnostic and treatment facilities.

Handing out leaflets

Handing out leaflets

Mrs Fashola 'fights' for cancer

Mrs Fashola 'fights' for cancer

bc demostration

Breast check demostration

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The Pink Pearl Foundation is a public service charity organization designed for empowering women. At the forefront of their agenda is the firm establishment in the minds of Nigerian women the need to undergo annual cancer screening, combined with an outreach to the community hospitals and cancer awareness centers to provide services as a matter of routine practice.
The foundation aims to reduce the rate of death caused by breast cancer in Nigeria by creating awareness for it in an educative and entertaining way. Pink pearl foundation has opened awareness centers in Warri and Asaba Delta state, where women can go in at any time and be educated on Breast and cervical cancer. These women are also entitled to free checkup by the Doctor in charge.

Awareness Campaigns: The first was held in Warri, Delta State on the 8th of January 2008 with over 1000 women and 100 men in attendance, free checkups where done and over 50 women benefited from it. A second campaign was done on the 21st of April 2009, at the Nelrose hotel Asaba, Delta state with over 1000 women in attendance, again free checkups where done but this time for as many women who were willing, over 100 women benefited from this. These campaigns had Doctors who spoke to the people about detection and prevention, we also lightened up the mood with some comedy and drama presentation both in the Pidgin English so everyone could understand.

Free treatment: Most cases of breast cancer in Nigeria are detected late and thus leading to causalities that could have been avoided. To eliminate this we fund the treatment of women who cannot afford to pay for their operation to remove the cancer lump and do free- checkup for women.

Success story: Pink pearl has been able to provide a Lillium Mammogram machine to the Central hospital in Sapele Delta state on the 24th of December 2008. The Machine was accompanied by a Quency Generator, Dual Focus focal spot 0.1 and 0.3mm and an interactive digital control panel with graphic display.

Ambassadors: Pink pearl has people who have stood by her from the beginning and others who came on board later but have been of so much help to the Foundation. RMD, AY, Eric Arubayi, Omawumi, Caleb Egwuenu, Basorge TJr, Olumide Adewumi, Onye Ubanatu, Amaju Pinnick.

A True story as told by the founder of the Pink Pearl Foundation – Orode Jade Uduaghan
On the day of our second campaign in Asaba, a woman walked up to me after the program with her husband, they both had tears in their eyes but I couldn’t understand why. She came to me with our Pink Pearl Foundation lead Doctor and began her story. She started feeling a lump in her breast a while ago but had no idea what it was. As usual she went to the village to seek help, she was given every concussion possible, in fact she was told she would be healed after a few attempts with traditional herbs. Strangely it continued to get worse, she decided to look for help somewhere else and went to the hospital, by this time her condition was too large to handle so she was turned down, with the claim that there was nothing they could do about her. She finally went to the UBTH hospital in Benin where she was told she had cancer. This woman saw her whole world flash before her as she had no clue where to start from. Gradually her cancer spread from her breast to other parts of her body. As I spoke to her I couldn’t look at her because her fingers were already eaten by caner, she had sores all over her hand. The worst was yet to come, she pulled her blouse up and showed me her breast, I really could not pretend I was comfortable, I turned my face away. Her breast was almost gone, everything had sores in fact it was not the best sight. I spoke to the Doctor about what can be done for her, and he told me that frankly she was already gone and that the best we can do is cut of her beast to reduce the pain. I couldn’t tell her this was it so I handed her over to the Doctor and told her it is well. After 1 week, she did the necessary surgery and came out fine. But this wasn’t the end of it. The Doctor spoke to me and told me that this woman does not only have breast cancer but has 6 different types of cancers in her, not 1 not 2 but 6. I froze for a moment and reflected on what he just said. I went into her room and spoke to her, she looked happy although with tears in her eyes, you could tell she was happy. She requested for one more favor, that her hand should be cut off, because the pain she felt was unbearable. Again I spoke to the Doctor and he said honestly there was no point because she had really a short while to live, been African and Optimistic I told him to continue with it. They did the operation and again it went fine. Everyone was happy, she felt no more pain and felt like there was something worth living for again.

I went back to Canada to finish my last semester at the university and got the shocking news that my patient was gone. Words cannot describe how I felt and the pain that ran through my veins when my mum told me this news. Although she was gone, she left this world a happier woman. It all balls down to one thing, early detection and awareness. The knowledge is key and it is the most important thing we can have, if she knew what it was from the start, she might have been saved, and also if she had enough funds to help herself, she might just have survived. Pink pearl is going to take a very radical approach towards Breast cancer awareness and by God’s grace by 2013; we hope to have reached all major towns in Nigeria with our aggressive campaigns and concerts.

There is no better time to join us in the fight against breast cancer and protect our mothers, sisters, aunts, friends, grandmothers, daughters, and leaders of tomorrow.

To support the Pink Pearl Foundation or find out more about their activities, visit their Facebook Fanpage

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28 Comments

  1. Noxolo

    October 9, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Well done you are doing a good job ladies

  2. mary

    October 9, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Well done though I am always sketical when I see NGOs in Nigeria as in a lot of the time they are usually money motivated and put up a show without making the real needed impact. They are noisy for a short while and once the money is made they disappear I sincerely hope this is not the case here.

  3. bussy

    October 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    God bless you all for what you’re doing and may he continue to empower you…

  4. elmo

    October 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    GO ‘RODE, GO ‘RODE!

  5. Renit

    October 9, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Kudos to them!
    The Slogan though?
    Be breast aware?
    Pls

  6. niyi

    October 10, 2009 at 4:04 am

    well the founder of this particular organization happens to be the very young daughter of the Governor of Delta state and she at least feels a moral obligation to live up to ideals which our leaders have neglected for years.

  7. niyi

    October 10, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Now this is really funny. Teaching Black women about BSE with a white bust/model. priceless.

  8. Ink

    October 10, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Breast cancer does not discriminate.

  9. james

    October 10, 2009 at 9:16 am

    what difference does it make, when next you go to a shop do not buy clothes u see on white manikins then again do not have anything to do with white people. shallow minds

  10. Gee

    October 10, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    well done little madam..oh my gosh! this is super intellegent and very much empowering… you know almost everyone is focused on HIV-AIDS forgetting stuff like this also exist in Africa…more power to your elbow and I pray the GOOD LORD give u more strength to keep up and continue in this part… all the best. Yours faithfully…GEE

  11. niyi

    October 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Gimme a break geez, I thought it was funny, really funny. you’re the shallow mind!!!

  12. niyi

    October 10, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    true talk! i just thot it was funny that the audience included everyday Nigerian women and the model being used to demonstrate BSE was a white bust period. at least you make your point without being insolent unlike people below

  13. gbekun

    October 10, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    taking it to the grassroots where indeed the most awareness need be made. breast cancer awareness ought to be taken more seriously because even the healthiest of persons can be diagnosed with it. love this, keep up the good work mamas!

  14. mary

    October 11, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Niyi dear I sincerely hope so. Honestly I would have preferred if it wasnt someone with any poltical affiliations, Kudos to her.

  15. Sidney

    October 11, 2009 at 10:05 am

    True, but at least she is doing something meaningful with her opportunity. Big ups Orode

  16. Tinto

    October 13, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    err, Mr. James its called a mannequin not manikin.

  17. Francis Oghuma

    October 25, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Hmm interesting orode,
    Finally this is a huge success.
    proud i ever worked with u people.
    show ya sef and let keep it pink !

  18. Ajoke

    November 10, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    These campaigns are endless, yet no information is ever provided on where women can get free/paid mammograms. No information is ever provided on specialist hospitals that treat this dreadful condition. I lost a colleague to Breast cancer a while ago, she was on admission @ LASUTH. She was sliced up so badly so many times. @ d end of d day, she died a painful death. The awareness isn’t enough! Recommendations should be given on specialist centres as well.

  19. ayodele

    November 27, 2009 at 12:12 am

    It was so shocking announcing the death of my girl friend to me while at the Nysc lagos camp batch c nov 2009. She had been with this dreadful disease call breast cancer for over a year now. but all the same, am sorry that i cant save her .

  20. Obas

    December 8, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    “Pink pearl foundation has opened awareness centers in Warri and Asaba Delta state, where women can go in at any time and be educated on Breast and cervical cancer. These women are also entitled to free checkup by the Doctor in charge”

    “Success story: Pink pearl has been able to provide a Lillium Mammogram machine to the Central hospital in Sapele Delta state on the 24th of December 2008. The Machine was accompanied by a Quency Generator, Dual Focus focal spot 0.1 and 0.3mm and an interactive digital control panel with graphic display”

    “with over 1000 women and 100 men in attendance, free checkups where done and over 50 women benefited from it. A second campaign was done on the 21st of April 2009, at the Nelrose hotel Asaba, Delta state with over 1000 women in attendance, again free checkups where done but this time for as many women who were willing, over 100 women benefited from this”

    “Free treatment: Most cases of breast cancer in Nigeria are detected late and thus leading to causalities that could have been avoided. To eliminate this we fund the treatment of women who cannot afford to pay for their operation to remove the cancer lump and do free- checkup for women”

    If you read the write up, you’ll notice that this foundation provides all that

  21. olawaye j.o

    May 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    wonderful initiative.

  22. Abigail okpebholo

    May 25, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Ur doing a great job. Representing the youths of our time and doing exploits is something to be proud of.

  23. onyinyechi obi-njoku

    September 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I am writing on behalf of the committee organizing the Annual Pharmacy Week of The Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin. The pharmacy week comes up on the 25th-30th of october 2010 in the University of Benin.
    Breast and Cervical cancer awareness will be the major activity during the week which will be in the form of rally, seminar on breast and cervical cancer and also breast exams.
    This is to seek your advice on how we can obtain your support.
    We look forward to hearing from.

  24. Esther

    October 14, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Please I need help to finance the cost of doing a mammogram test, i have this lump in my best I just cant afford the cost (N12,000) please I need your assistance to enable me confirm what this is. Please

  25. grace kalu

    October 22, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    how can join the organisation and the rally tomorrow

  26. chidimma

    October 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    how can i join the rally tommorrow

  27. uhumwangho fidelis osagiator

    October 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    i was in the last campaign held at the abrose ali university and it was a lovely one. i enjoyed the programme. A ouiz was organised during the seminar which i participated in and i qualified to attend the foundations dinner shceduled to hold on saturday 30th 2010. we where told information will be sent to us as a reminder. am writting to know afar its going. my number 08073933223

  28. Amazu Chisom

    October 28, 2010 at 10:43 am

    How can people in Lagos benefit from the free check ups and possible treatment?

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