I am a cancer survivor- Prof Wole Soyinka reveals

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Literary Icon, Prof Wole Soyinka, revealed today
at a press conference in Abeokuta Ogun state,
that he’s a cancer survivor. He said his
appointment as a board member of the African

Cancer Centre made him undergo a routine
checkup last year which revealed he had cancer.
He said he diagnosed with the disease in
December 2013.
“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.”.
Prof Soyinka who is cancer free now after
undergoing a vigorous treatment that ended in
October this year, said although he was
uncomfortable speaking about his experience, he
was obligated to speak about it now so as to
get rid of the public perception that being
diagnosed with cancer is a death sentence
“For me, this is not a decision which I like
but I felt I have all obligation, being a
member of African Cancer Centre, and also
having even donated a performance during
the festival, fund raising for cancer, I am
under obligation to make it known and to
also demystify cancer. 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.”
he said

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