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Mubarak Labaran Liman

Mubarak Labaran Liman has overcome the death of his father and a scarcity of resources to develop a thriving career in his native Nigeria, studying the role of African ethno-medicine in the management, prevention, and control of cancer and diabetes.

Liman is one of five recipients of the 2017 AACR African Cancer Researchers Travel Awards (ACRTA). These travel awards provide financial assistance to meritorious early-career African cancer researchers who wish to attend and present their research at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in the United States.

Intended to enhance the education and training of African researchers engaged in all fields of cancer research, the ACRTA are also designed to encourage cross-cultural collaborations and learning.

Receiving this award is an honour for me and for my whole family,” says Liman, who presented his work on the potential of African sweet detar, a plant used in West African cooking, to prevent colon cancer.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

go gold - awarenessSeptember is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honour and remember children and families affected by this devastating disease,and help rally support to give Children with Cancer better outcomes by supporting Childhood Cancer Awareness.

Each September, we make an extra special effort to raise awareness of childhood cancer, the impact that a diagnosis can have and how the Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s essential work helps young cancer patients and their families.

Families, Caregivers, Charities, Non-Profit Organisations and Research groups across the globe observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

During the Month of September

  • 25,000 families around the world will get the terrible news that their child or teen has cancer.
  • 6, 667 families will experience the loss of a child.

More children are being diagnosed with cancer today than ever before, and unfortunately in Africa, and in South Africa, many of them die because they are either diagnosed too late or because the families do not have the financial wherewithal to pay for the very expensive cancer treatments and all the other costs that go with a cancer diagnosis.

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Childhood Cancer in Africa – Part 3

These days, most childhood cancers can be cured, but as each patient is different, how well treatment works will depend on the type of cancer, the child’s age, and various other factors. Cancer treatment can cause unwanted side effects for young patients, as well as other problems during and after treatment.

While early treatment of cancer symptoms and the side effects of therapy help patients feel better, stay stronger, and cope with life after cancer, it is Supportive Care that improves the patient’s physical, psychological, social, and spiritual quality of life.

Improvements in supportive care have been shown to impact positively on outcomes for Children with Cancer in Africa too, but despite ongoing efforts, to date no single comprehensive qualitative report exists that examines the status of supportive care facilities in African POUs.

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