Int’l Women’s Day: Kilimall to celebrate Nigerian women

To commemorate the 2017 international Women’s Day, one of the Nigerian leading e-commerce service providers, Kilimall Nigeria will align with the Nigeria women to share their sentiments, dreams, and fears while striving to boldly pursue and achieve their lofty dreams. The #BeBoldWithKilimallcampaign, according to Robin Xie, KiliMalll Regional Director for Africa, is expected to reward a Nigerian woman who can dare to dream boldly and without fear. Kilimall With this campaign, he said that Kilimall intended to help one daring woman achieve her bold dream and fulfill her lofty wishes. According to him, this is aimed at encouraging and inspiring every woman to discard their fears and stereotypical hindrances. “ Kilimall Nigeria believes that the Nigerian woman could achieve anything she wants to if she can be bold and dream big. Screen-Shot-2017-03-03-at-16.43.59 To participate in this campaign, women are urged share their dreams and aspirations boldly with the world. “To do this, they are to share a poster with a boldly written text of whatever dream or aspiration they want to achieve on our social media channels with the hashtag #BeBoldWithKilimall. “ The top ten “Dreams” will enter into a draw where a final winner will emerge. In the end, Kilimall will help fulfill the dream of that final winner”, he explained. Much more than just celebrating the successful women in Nigeria, he further explained that Kilimall leverage this avenue to provide the voice of confidence and aspiration for the emerging Nigerian woman. According to him, “We want them to know that we stand behind and beside them to propel them to reach out and dare to achieve much more than they can ever imagine. So, the Nigerian woman should #BeBoldWithKilimall and achieve all that she can dream to be”. Further in celebrating the women, he said that, “we will roll out up to 90% discount on selected women items across different categories. And if you fancy any item globally, you can use our Global Shopping feature that allows you shop abroad and pay in Naira. Finally, in the spirit of celebration, one lucky woman stands a chance to win a television when they download and use the Kilimall app to shop”, So, for this International Women’s Day,#BeBoldWithKilimall and go out of your way to dream big and dare achieve it, he said, adding that, “ Our final message to every Nigerian woman is “nothing can stop you. If you can dream it, you can be it.” Source:Vanguard

Why you should remove your bra more often

As women, we have all been taught all my life that wearing a bra is the “proper” thing to do. Wearing a bra under your clothing keeps you looking attractive, put-together, and just all around more appropriate. This pro-bra message has been preached to women worldwide for centuries. With this expectation in mind, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that this symbol of femininity is now a normal, daily part of most women’s routines.
But you may be surprised to hear that there are some unexpected benefits to ditching your bra every once and a while or for good! Here are nine ways your health, your life, and your breasts can improve by not wearing a bra.
1. Improve Your Breast Shape
Contrary to what we might believe, not wearing a bra doesn’t cause your breasts to sag. In fact, a long-running French study has proven that bras most likely have the opposite effect, causing breasts to lose their shape over time. According to the study, the “support” of bras weakens the muscles in the chest, making the breasts droop. To keep your breasts rounder and perkier, it’s actually best to let them do their own thing! Your bra is just keeping you back from even more beautiful breasts, truth be told.
2. Get a Better Night’s Sleep
We’ve known for some time that sleeping with your bra on isn’t something scientists approve of. Rumours of this habit causing breast cancer have spread from this notion, but this severe consequence is highly unlikely and has never been proven true. However, it has been proven that wearing a bra to bed is more likely to cause discomfort and disturb your sleep cycle.
3. Boost Your Circulation
All that tightness and squeezing around your chest can slow your circulation by compressing your major blood vessels. This has actually been proven to create cardiovascular issues down the road, which your favourite push-up is just not worth.
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4. Improve You Breast Health
A study proved going bra-less improves perkiness has also proven that, on the whole, bras are not fatally bad for your health. Basically, they’re not going to cause breast cancer on all their own; there are many genetic and environmental factors at play when it comes to breast cancer. However, not wearing a bra WILL improve your breast health in other ways! Besides improving blood flow, sweat and dirt are no longer trapped against the skin by your tight bra. This makes infections, rashes, and acne less likely on your breasts. This is especially true is you wear bras that don’t fit quite right. Bras that don’t have the right fit, or have painful underwire, are going to cause shortness of breath, chest pains, and all sorts of discomfort. You could skip the step of finding an appropriately fitting bra and just not wear one at all, just saying.
5. Save Some Money
Let’s face it, bras are expensive! Especially nice, comfortable, stylish ones. No matter what amount of money you spend on bra – whether it’s #800, #3,000, or #5,000 – consider that money saved is money earned. Whatever money you would have spent on a frilly new bra can be pocketed for another time or spent on something more important to you!
6. Strengthen Your Breasts
Essentially, bras prevent your chest from having to fight gravity. Your mind might immediately think that without your bra, then, your breasts would succumb to gravity and sag. However, quite the opposite happens when your ditch your brazier. When your chest has to battle gravity, the chest muscles work harder and actually strengthen your breasts. This doesn’t just make you stronger, but it actually increases your breast size. That’s right, saying bye to your bra could gain you a whole cup size.
7. Encourage Healthy Breast Tissue
As a part of the study previously mentioned, scientists have found that wearing a bra may be hindering your ability to grow healthy breast tissue. Healthy breast tissue is important for so many reasons; obviously, healthy tissue will decrease (but not totally prevent) your chance for various breast diseases, such as breast cancer. Breast tissue that’s healthy will also support breasts more and help breast muscles strengthen – and, as we learned, this leads to naturally larger, stronger, rounder, and perkier breasts.
8. Comfort
For many ladies, this could be the biggest reason to ditch your bra: comfort. Seriously, is there any greater feeling of relief than taking off your bra after a long day? It is sweet, sweet freedom. Especially if we wear lacy, itchy, or tight bras, the daily discomfort can be enough to distract you all day long.
9. Breathing Function Will Improve
This is a pretty easy one to figure out. When something tight and restricting is wrapped around your chest all day for 365 days a year for however many years, your breathing slowly becomes more and more restricted. Something like, say, a bra.
While we’re not saying bras will be the doom of your respiratory system, your breathing will definitely be less restricted and healthier without a decreasing your flow of oxygen.
 Do these health benefits tempt you enough to consider ditching your bra? Share your thoughts in the comments section below

Treating Jaundice at home

Jaundice is caused due to the accumulation of bilirubin (a yellow pigment) in the skin. Almost all new born babies have some level of jaundice or yellowing of the skin, however, some babies have more. Once the liver matures, the filtering is more complete and jaundice disappears. When blood cells complete their life cycle, they are broken down in the body. Bilirubin from these cells is released, which gets filtered in the liver and then excreted. Since the liver of the baby is not fully developed, it cannot filter the entire bilirubin formed, which thus accumulates in the skin, resulting in jaundice. How to Tell Jaundice in Newborns A simple test at home can help you determine if your baby has jaundice. This test can be done when you are back home and suspect your baby has jaundice. JAUNDICE On babies with very fair skin, you can apply a little pressure with your finger on the baby’s chest. If the skin has a yellow tinge on removing the finger, you should consult the doctor. Ensure that this test is done in a brightly lit room. If the skin is darker, you can check the pupils, nails, palms and gums for yellowing. Except in severe cases, the jaundice caused in new born babies is temporary and clears without any long term effects. You should consult your doctor if you have any doubts regarding the measures you are taking and getting your baby back to health. How to Get Rid of Jaundice in Newborns at Home The chance of jaundice is higher if the baby is born prematurely, since the liver is even less developed than full term babies. It can also occur in babies who have different blood group from the mother. In this case, the breakdown of cells is higher and the quantity of bilirubin is higher. Newborn jaundice is temporary and harmless and usually clears off on its own. Steps given below can be taken to bring down the level of bilirubin. JAUNDICE 2

  1. Sunlight Exposure
In case of slight jaundice, treatment may not be required. However, the following step after consulting your doctor can be tried out. You should place your baby in sunlight for around fifteen minutes every day, at least 4 times a day. The baby’s skin should be exposed and the glass window should be closed to filter sunlight. The bilirubin in the skin gets dissolved due to the sunlight and gets excreted through urine.
  1. At-Home Lamp Therapy
This therapy can be tried when the bilirubin level is increasing instead of reducing and it is an alternative treatment to keeping the baby in the hospital. If the bilirubin levels are unusually high, keep the baby under special sun lamp. A new type of treatment is to wrap the baby in a blanket which reduces the bilirubin. This is a very easy way of home treatment for mild case of jaundice. JAUNDICE 3
  1. Frequent Feeding
Hydration is essential for flushing out excess bilirubin from the body. For this reason, frequent breast-feeding is very essential. Initially less milk is produced and breast-feeding frequency is also less which can be a contributing factor for early jaundice. If the frequency is increased, milk production also increases. Baby should be fed every 2 -3 hours and when he wakes up at night. In case the breast milk is inadequate, formula supplements might be required to increase hydration and help in the excretion of bilirubin.
  1. Herbal Supplements for Mothers
Supplements like Dandelion tea contain certain substances which help in detoxifying. The mother can take these supplements so that it can pass on to the baby through the breast milk. These natural detoxifiers help in flushing out the excess bilirubin from the baby’s body. Mother should continue breast-feeding so that this mild treatment continues to work and help in getting rid of jaundice. The issue with this remedy is that Dandelion tea may be a bit scarce in Nigeria, however it can be found on Jumia for about #6,000.
  1. Temporary Stop of Breastfeeding
If the doctor informs you that the jaundice has occurred due to breast milk, you might have to temporarily discontinue feeding your baby. To ensure that you continue to produce breast milk, you can pump your breast every day and start breast feeding once the doctor gives you permission to. Home remedies do help in most cases. However, when you notice the following things happen to your baby, do not hesitate to consult your doctor if any signs of jaundice are noticed in the baby within 24 hours of being born. Also, if there is no sign of the jaundice reducing or if it starts worsening. Likewise, if the baby starts looking or acting sick and if the yellowish tinge increases or if the baby is not feeding well or sleeping more, see the doctor immediately.

Ladies: Doctors warning, beware of ovarian cyst

As shared by an Instagram user..Surgeon Amyr holding massive ovarian cyst that was removed from a female patient #tumordeovario: Ovarian Cyst: During a woman's menstrual cycle, an egg grows in a sac called a follicle.  This sac is located inside the ovaries. In most cases, this follicle or sac breaks open and releases an egg. But if the follicle doesn't break open, the fluid inside the follicle can form a cyst on the ovary.
Depending on the type ( polycystic ovaries , endometriosis , cystadenoma , dermoid cyst )
Most women will experience a cyst on the ovaries at least once, and most are painless, causes no symptoms, and are discovered during a routine pelvic exam.

What are ovarian cysts?

  1. Most women will experience a cyst on the ovaries at least once, and most are painless, cause no symptoms, and are discovered during a routine pelvic exam.
  2. Symptoms of an ovarian cyst include nausea, vomiting, bloating, painful bowel movements, and pain during sex.
  3. In rare cases, an ovarian cyst can cause serious problems, so it’s best to have it checked by your doctor.

Types of ovarian cysts

There are various types of ovarian cysts, such as dermoid cysts and endometrioma cysts. However, functional cysts are the most common type. The two types of functional cysts include follicle and corpus luteum cysts.

Follicle cyst

During a woman’s menstrual cycle, an egg grows in a sac called a follicle. This sac is located inside the ovaries. In most cases, this follicle or sac breaks open and releases an egg. But if the follicle doesn’t break open, the fluid inside the follicle can form a cyst on the ovary.

Corpus luteum cysts

Follicle sacs typically dissolve after releasing an egg. But if the sac doesn’t dissolve and the opening of the follicle seals, additional fluid can develop inside the sac and this accumulation of fluid causes a corpus luteum cyst. Other types of ovarian cysts include:
  • dermoid cysts: sac-like growths on the ovaries that can contain hair, fat, and other tissue
  • cystadenomas: non-cancerous growths that can develop on the outer surface of the ovaries
  • endometriomas: tissues that normally grow inside the uterus can develop outside the uterus and attach to the ovaries, resulting in a cyst
Some women develop a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome. This condition means the ovaries contain a large number of small cysts. It can cause the ovaries to enlarge, and if left untreated, polycystic ovaries can cause infertility.

Symptoms of an ovarian cyst

Often times, ovarian cysts do not cause any symptoms. However, symptoms can appear as the cyst grows. Symptoms may include:
  • abdominal bloating or swelling
  • painful bowel movements
  • pelvic pain before or during the menstrual cycle
  • painful intercourse
  • pain in the lower back or thighs
  • breast tenderness
  • nausea and vomiting
Severe symptoms of an ovarian cyst that require immediate medical attention include:
  • severe or sharp pelvic pain
  • fever
  • faintness or dizziness
  • rapid breathing
These symptoms can indicate a ruptured cyst or an ovarian torsion. Both complications can have serious consequences if not treated early.

6-year-old girl professionally midwife’s her mom to deliver

She is just 6 years old, but with a brain of a doctor, and courage of a lion. Her mother reportedly went into early child labour. There was no one around in the house at that point in time, except Janeicea Armstrong, her little and innocent-looking daughter who was also asleep. 6 YEAR OLD Canisha Owen and her six year old daughter Janeicea Armstrong “She heard me scream, woke up, and came running into the bathroom where I was grounded. We hugged. Then she started praying,” Canisha Owen, Armstrong’s mother, recalls. Reports show that it was not yet time for the baby to come out, as it was two months early. So the mother was sort of caught off guard by the labour. Owen reportedly dialled 911 but never said anything to the operator on the other end of the line. She then handed over the phone to Armstrong who took the instructions from the emergency operator. “I just want to help mommy with the baby. She said,” the young girl said. Meanwhile, the mother was busy pushing the baby. And before they knew it, the baby’s head appeared. It was a very scary moment for Owen, but interestingly not for her daughter who was standing by her side curiously watching everything. “When I saw the child’s head I took a deep breath and pushed really hard, after which her body came out. I grabbed the body, and took care of the umbilical cord from around her neck. To be honest it was a bit weird,” says Owen, adding that she had some difficulties with the umbilical cord. Fortunately the emergency arrived and the family was rushed to hospital. The new family member weighed 3.5 pounds when she was born. After successfully helping her mom deliver her baby sister, young Armstrong told a local news station that she would wish to include in her future career midwifery, also known as obstetrics in medical terms.

Easing menopausal stress

Many women find the time around menopause stressful. This may be partially due to hormonal changes and resulting symptoms such as hot flashes and disrupted sleep. In addition, family and personal issues such as the demands of teenage children, children leaving home, aging parents, spouses, and career changes often converge on women during these years. Chronic stress is not good for anyone’s health. It may cause increased blood pressure and heart rate, headaches, gastric reflux, depression/anxiety, and, over the long term, an increased risk for heart disease. Some believe that chronic stress may affect our immune system, making us more susceptible to illness, infections, and even cancer. Stress affects not only our health but also our relationships, work performance, general sense of well-being, and quality of life. meno 2 There are many true ways to reduce stress and maintain calm: Exercise: Walk with a friend, join a gym, exercise is a great way to reduce stress and stay healthy. Talk: Share your concerns with a family member, good friend, healthcare professional, or counsellor. Eat well: Although eating chocolate may soothe stress in the short run, overindulgence leads to its own set of problems! A healthier strategy is to eat three nutritious meals daily, with healthy snacks, including fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and yogurt. meno Avoid caffeine and alcohol: Herbal tea (iced, if hot flashes are bothersome) provides a soothing alternative to caffeinated drinks (caffeine elevates levels of the “stress” hormone). Although alcohol may make you feel relaxed and drowsy, it has actually been shown to interfere with sleep quality. And, the potential for alcohol abuse and other health risks makes it a poor option for stress reduction. Sleep: Adequate sleep is necessary for alert functioning during the waking hours. Most adults require between 6 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Try to determine your sleep needs and then get as much as you need. menopause Relax and Pamper yourself: Treat yourself to a massage, manicure, or soothing bath. Enjoy a good book, music, or a favourite hobby. Find a creative outlet by enrolling in a relaxing  program. Don't forget to laugh and smile at every opportunity. Another effective method is to use deep-breathing exercises to reduce stress. Try this simple exercise and practice often:

  • Sit in a straight-back chair with both feet on the floor.
  • Rest hands on the abdomen.
  • Slowly count to four while inhaling through the nose and feel the abdomen rise.
  • Hold that breath for a second.
  • Then, slowly count to four while exhaling through the mouth—let the abdomen slowly fall.
  • Repeat this exercise 5 to 10 times as often as possible.
Finally, we all know that vacations reduce stress, but what can you do if currently there’s no extra time or money due to the current economic recession? Try a brief mental vacation using your eyes and visualize a scene from your memory that brings joy. Try to get lost in that event or image for several minutes, allowing your mind to return to that pleasurable experience. This is a good option if you can't afford a vacation.

Ideas of Valentines day gifts for him

Valentine’s Day is just tomorrow. Somewhere, I'm definitely sure that some are planning to buy her man handkerchiefs, socks, singlet and boxers. If you are one of such ladies, PLEASE cancel those plans immediately. Most ladies always expect their men to get them the best of gifts; from expensive gadgets like phones, to simple things like roses, cakes, chocolates and wines but aren't ready to spend much on their man. They just want to buy inexpensive gifts. Some girls don't even want to buy anything at all. This however isn't fair on the side of your partner. In Nigeria now, most of us are experiencing recession but recession shouldn't be used as an excuse; there are gifts that won’t cost so much that you can get for husband/boyfriend/fiancé. Some of them are: 1.Take him out and pay for everything Men are proud creatures. Even if they won't admit it sometimes, they actually want you to foot the bills sometimes. Take him to his favourite restaurant with an all you can eat buffet. And yes, make sure you pay for everything. Don't collect a dime from him. download (68)

  1. Stock the fridge with his best drinks
If your man likes to drink alcohol, just stock the fridge with his favourite brand of beer or wine. If you have the money, try buying at least a month’s worth of drinks so your man would always have something to drink whenever he is watching TV, playing game etc.
  1. Fuel his car and the generator at home
You could also take on the responsibility of fuelling his car. And I’m not talking of just buying fuel for one day, no, instead, offer to fuel the car for at least a month. Since PHCN isn't reliable, fuel the generator as well at home too. Try and take charge of some of his usual responsibilities.
  1. Pray for him
Most people often underestimate the power of prayer in their relationship. Imagine your man waking up to you praying for him. Believe me, even if he is the devil’s younger brother, he’ll appreciate it better than anything. download (67)
  1. Learn about football, even if it is for one day
There is this saying that the quickest way to a man’s heart is his stomach. While this is true, most women forget that you can form a strong bond with your man if you just bother to learn something about football and his favourite team. Buy him his favourite team jersey. If he already has one, nothing stops you from getting him another colour of his favourite jersey with his name and birthday customised at the back of it. Your man will never forget it. What gifts do men really like on valentines day? Our male readers should drop their comments in the comment box below.    

Personal battles of prominent women with Endometriosis

  When a woman with endometriosis  has her monthly period, the blood and tissue shed from the endometrial growth has no way of leaving the body, hence resulting in internal bleeding, inflammation that result in pain, adhesions and bowel problems. Endometriosis is an incurable medical condition in which the lining of the uterus transplants itself outside of the uterus to the lining of the abdominal cavity and other organs-causing bloating, bleeding and pain. Doctors say the disorder causes damage and blockage to the Fallopian tube by impeding the journey of the eggs down the Fallopian tube to the uterus, hence causing fertility challenges. They add that the commonest symptom of endometriosis is pain—painful intercourse, painful menstruation, abdominal pain, back pain and emotional pain. One in every 10 women is affected and about 176 million women worldwide have the disorder. It is often extremely painful and can make having sex and going to the toilet agonizing. It causes painful periods and may lead to infertility problems. In recent times, series of prominent, glamorous and some of the most beautiful women around have spoken publicly about their personal battles with the disorder. They include Hillary Clinton, Nike Oshinowo-Soleye, Padma Lakshmi , Whoopi Goldberg and dozens others. They use their voices to speak bravely about their battles living with the condition. Their voices are important so that others can be aware and learn about it. To de-stigmatize and raise awareness about endometriosis, women affected keep talking about it. It was quite a shock to several people when socialite, entrepreneur, role-model and former Miss Nigeria, Chief Adenike Oshinowo, first opened up to the public a decade ago about her struggle with endometriosis . Nike had just turned 40 when she granted the interview and disclosed her big secret. Over the years she has granted many more interviews and is now officially recognised as the face of Endometriosis and Global Ambassador of the Endometriosis Support Group of Nigeria, ESGN. Her story was an eye opener, particularly in Nigeria. •Hillary Clinton(L) and Nike Oshinowo-Soleye She readily admitted she has lived with the condition since the age of 11. She lost count of how many surgeries she has had and is now looking forward to menopause. At 47 she became a mother to twins via an American surrogate. “No doctor told me why I suffered so much because of endometriosis. I turned 50 recently and I’m looking forward to menopause. However, in spite of endometriosis, I have had an amazing life,” she asserted.  She is not alone. Former US presidential candidate, and one-time US First Lady Hillary Clinton, who also served as the 67th Secretary of State, Senator for New York, had trouble conceiving her only child, Chelsea, born in 1980, due to endometriosis. Hillary-Clinton-Nike-Oshino So did Padma Lakshmi, an Indian American author, actress, model and television presenter that was diagnosed at age 36.  Padma suffered with pain for more than 20 years and was told it was ‘all in her head’ before she was diagnosed with endometriosis. She had surgery when it was revealed she had two cysts on each of her ovaries and was also put on to birth control. She gave birth to her daughter, Krishna, in 2010. Padma who is co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America remarked:  ”I think, yes, endometriosis was definitely a major reason that my marriage failed, not intentionally, but, it’s weird to talk about your period all the time. It’s the least sexy thing in the world to do,” she said. American comedian, actress, singer-songwriter, political activist, author and talk show host, Whoopi Goldberg, knew about her endometriosis for a long time, and was surprised to learn that so many women lacked knowledge about the condition. She found out she had endometriosis in the 70’s and was given medication for the disease which worked. She has one daughter, Alexandria, born in 1973. “You have to take whatever stigma people think that is there. You have to take it. It’s not male or female.  It has nothing to do with that. It has to do with, here’s a disease you don’t know about and you need to know about it. It’s that simple. It’s not rocket science.” Lena Dunham the “Girls” star announced she had endometriosis on Instagram. Soon after the post, Dunham was hospitalised to ruptured ovarian cyst. She wrote of her condition earlier in her 2014 memoir Not That Kind Of Girl, describing the pain as feeling like “someone had poured a drop of vinegar inside of me, followed by a sprinkle of baking soda. It bubbled and fizzed and went where it would.” Because of her endometriosis, Tia Mowry-Hardict underwent two surgeries and changed her lifestyle in order to conceive. ”Despite my diagnosis I still wanted to try and have a baby, but not being able to have kids was an immediate fear. It made me feel out of control.” The famous twin now has a, Cree. ”When all you know is pain you don’t know that it is not normal, said Sarandon, who became aware of her condition in 1983 and has given advice for men on how they can help. In 1982, Country star Dolly Parton was taken to the hospital to have a partial hysterectomy related to her endometriosis. She says she suffered from depression after learning she would not be able to have children. Ït was an awful time for me. Every day I thought, ‘I wish I had the nerve to kill myself.’” Anna Friel, a British actress, was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 28, after being rushed to hospital with a ruptured ovarian cyst. Culled from Vanguard, She says, “one doctor told me it would be very hard if I left trying for a baby beyond the age of 30, which at the time was far from an ideal situation.” She gave birth to daughter, Gracie, in 2005. Known best for her role in Save The Last Dance, Elizabeth Oas spent many years in pain due to Endometriosis. She says: ”I found myself working as a patient advocate, and thus created 5 years ago the internationally known blog talk radio show,”The Pelvic Messenger.”

More survive breast cancer without full mastectomy

  A study of 130,000 patients found certain women were more likely to survive breast cancer without a full mastectomy Surgery that spares women the ordeal of losing their breasts could be more effective at warding off cancer, a study has found. Women with early-stage breast cancer were more likely to survive if they had ‘breast-conserving’ surgery and radiotherapy than if they had a full mastectomy, the researchers said. Their findings could mean thousands more women could keep their breasts following a cancer diagnosis. The study of 130,000 patients – the largest ever conducted – found certain women were up to a third more likely to survive if the offending lump alone was removed, rather than the whole breast. masec Women have been offered breast- conserving therapy, also known as a ‘lumpectomy’, for years. But researchers have been divided over whether it is the best option.  Although it is less invasive, some surgeons have worried that simply removing the tumour might leave cancerous cells in place, which could spark secondary tumours. But the latest study suggests it could be more effective, possibly because the radiotherapy treatment that follows kills off any remaining cancerous cells. Meanwhile there will be FREE Breast cancer screening and free Mammogram for women above 40 years old in radiotherapydepartment of LUTH (Lagos State University Teaching Hospital) Idi Araba, Surulere tomorrow wednesday February 1 , 2017 between 8am - 2pm. Women in Lagos, Nigeria are advised to maximise these Free Cancer Screening test. The Dutch researchers found women over 50 were particularly likely to benefit from breast-conserving therapy – with survival rates of between 22 and 33 per cent greater than for mastectomies. For women under 50, breast-conserving therapy was linked to survival rates of between 9 and 17 per cent better than for mastectomies. Lastest study results show a lumpectomy, a therapy which conserves the breast rather than removes it fully as in a mastectomy, may be the best option for treating breast cancer Breast cancer is Britain’s most common cancer, with 55,000 women diagnosed each year. Of these, about half are diagnosed at an early stage of the disease. NHS guidelines say women with early breast cancer should be offered a choice of mastectomy or lumpectomy, with the final decision made jointly by the patient and the surgeon. Roughly 35 per cent of women in England with early breast cancer decide to have a full mastectomy, 57 per cent decide to have just the lump removed and then have radiotherapy, and 8 per cent have no surgery at all. Source:mirror  

Zambian women’s day off for periods stokes debate

Sometime last year, we reported on the new law in Zambia. This Zambian law that entitles women to take one day off work a month when they have their period is stirring increasingly fierce debate in a country reluctant to discuss sexual health. Discreetly called Mother’s Day, the 2015 law — unique in Africa — enables women to be absent from work without notice or a doctor’s note to help them cope with menstrual bleeding, pain and cramps. “It helps me to manage my physiological needs (and) I think it’s very important that I always endorse it,” Shupe Luchembe, 36, a civil servant in the capital Lusaka and mother of three.

“As a woman, it goes without saying that every month I need a special day away from the office to manage myself properly.” In Zambia, a southern African country of 15.5 million people, discussing sex and personal health is largely taboo and often surrounded by secrecy and misunderstanding. Many parents prefer not to explain how their children were conceived and born, instead saying they were “brought from the hospital.” But two years ago, employment law was amended to grant all women — and not just mothers, despite its title — one day of menstrual leave each month after lobbying by campaigners. RTR1ZEJ1 “Mother’s Day is a very progressive law,” said Madube Siyauya, of the Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council ( NGOCC), an umbrella body of Zambian action groups. “Some women have heavy flows, some of them have a lot of pain or vomiting. “So it’s a very important day that allows women to attend to their biological needs and continue their work without being susceptible to discrimination.” “Zambia is envied because of this law,” added Sara Longwe, also of the NGOCC, one of those that pushed for the law. – ‘It is abused’ – But not everyone is a fan. While some Zambian women say the day off is widely abused, the law is also a popular subject for complaint among Zambian men. “I have never taken Mother’s Day in my life,” Laura Miti, 46, head of the Alliance for Community Action, told AFP. “I don’t understand why others need it. It is abused. Whenever they have something they need to do, they would rather take the day off than taking leave. “My sense is that giving half the workforce 12 days (off) extra per year is unproductive. It can’t be productive, especially if you are working in the corporate world.” Chiselwa Kawanda, 33, a government employee in Lusaka, agrees, saying the law was misguided. “If I miss a day at work, it means I have to start all over the next day,” she said, adding that, in any case: “You don’t have periods for just one day.” Zambia’s approach is rare across the world, though Japan has had similar legislation since 1947 and Indonesia, Taiwan and South Korea have since followed suit. In Britain, Coexist, a small Bristol-based non-profit company, is experimenting with flexible hours for menstruating employees. – ‘No evidence of low productivity’ – Despite the criticisms, the Zambian government says it stands by the legislation, which has no age limits so also applies to women after the menopause. “Some women get sick, they are not able to concentrate on their work… so it was agreed that they can stay home without producing any certificate,” Cecilia Mulindeti-Kamanga, of the labour ministry, told AFP. “Of course there has been some complaints here and there but women go at different times. There is no documentary evidence of low productivity.” Some Zambian women also allege that employers, particularly in the private sector, put pressure on female workers to not take their Mother’s Day. Others point out that the vast majority of Zambian women cook, clean, bring up children and care for the elderly at home or toil in the fields with little time off of any description. The government has also introduced other programmes to support women. This year it started providing free sanitary pads to schoolgirls in rural areas to reduce absenteeism. Women in Zambia face widespread discrimination in education, law and employment, and the rates of child marriage and death during childbirth are high, especially in underdeveloped rural areas where most people live. Source:Guardian