I wake up every morning or sometimes in the afternoon with the hope that someone will probably say “Cancer is just a star sign” nothing more. Maybe I don’t really wake up with that hope but I do really wish that Cancer was just a star sign and nothing more. I get really touched at the number of people who die each year because of the disease and mostly some of them cannot afford the treatment for the disease. In South Africa the survival rate is 6/10 according to the National Cancer Registry but also cancer affects 1 in 4 South Africans and over 100 000 people are diagnosed with Cancer each year, that means almost 274 people per day. But what are people doing about this, what are people with expertise in Medicine and whatever doing about this?
While over a 100 people are diagnosed with cancer each day, people are still investing in the production of vagina tightening creams, penis enlargement pills, skin enlightening creams and all those things that according to me are unnecessary, I mean let us think about this for one second, shall we? Who have you ever heard of that has died because they have a loose or small private part or who has ever died because of a dark complexion? If you do know someone then I must really say that is very rare, because I have never heard of a person dying of such a thing as “not having a tight vagina”, but I do wake up every day to hear of a young person dying of cancer, kids being orphaned because of it and yes spouses are widowed because of cancer but here are people investing in the production of skin lightening creams, encouraging people to fake their complexion. How about we shift focus from those things and start investing money in the research of a cure for Cancer, invest the money in an institution where they devote their time to find a cure for Cancer, not just a cure but a cure that even the poor can afford. Imagine how many lives we can save by just investing in the right things.
The R100 that you use to buy cream that can make your skin lighter can be used to try help a person who is on their deathbed right now. I can promise you, you can never die from a dark complexion, loose vagina or even a small penis, by investing in the right things dear brother and sister you can actually save lives out there. How about we pledge our money towards the CANSA foundation to help find a cure for the disease and also help the poor get treatment for it.
I mean what is more important: getting a lighter complexion or the life of a person? Let’s make a difference, let’s fight Cancer.
Andile Amukelani Ndlovu (18 years of age)
Second year Information Systems student at Rhodes University