How I Battled & Survived Cancer- Wole Soyinka Reveals

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(Last Updated On: November 26, 2014)

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka,has revealed he is a cancer survivor.Speaking today at a press conference at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State,he said he was first diagnosed in December 2013 and after serious treatment and medications,he was cancer free last month on October 28. He said

“For me, this is not a decision which I like but I felt I have all obligation, being a member of AfricanCancer Centre, and also having even donated a performance during the festival, fund raising forcancer, I am under obligation to make it known and to also demystify cancer,” (continue)

“Many people feel it is a death sentence. Family feel it; friends, colleagues, they begin to look at you as if you are a ghost once there is rumour you have cancer. No, cancer is not a death sentence, it is curable, I have undergone the treatment and I am able to tell you that I even have a model, that’s my certificate.”

On how he found out

“It never occurred to me to test myself because men have their separate test like women,” “And I have heard people who lost very dear ones, closed ones. They just told me, ‘Prof, we hope you’re having your own?’ And I told them I had one 10 years ago and he said, “No, no, do it regularly.” And by accident in December last year, I discovered that I had cancer.”

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