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Help us research why Liberians are dying from Cancer. If you have information about Liberians with Cancer, please fill out our Cancer Survey
 
Ongoing Cancer Survey Results (Updated Daily)
Cancer
Qty
Smoker
Other Risk Factors
Female
Male
Terminal?
Breast
7
1
 
7

5 - yes

Brain
1
1
 
1
1 - Yes
Colon
2
2
2 - Yes
Larynx
1
1
1
1 - Yes
Leukemia
3
1
2
1
2 - No
Liver
3
 
2
1
3 - Yes
Lung
1
1
1
1 - Yes
Mesothelioma
1
1
1 - Yes
Skin
1
Medication / Abestos
1
1 - Yes
Ovarian
1
1
1 - No
Prostate
4
2
Poor Diet / No Medical Treatment / Family History
4
2 - Yes
Breast / Prostate
1
Family History
1
1 - No
Colon, Liver, Prostate
1
1
1 - Yes
Prostrate & Colon
1
1
1
Breast / Kidney
1
1
1
1 - Yes
Prancreatic / Liver
2
 
1
1
2 - Yes
Total Surveyed 31  
 

There's an awful lot of us dying of cancer? The question on my mind is WHY?

What is Cancer? According to American Cancer Society - Cancer develops when cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control. Although there are many kinds of cancer, they all start because of out-of-control growth of abnormal cells. It may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream.

As the webmaster of The Liberian-Connection - TLC Africa, I have posted many death announcements for families of Liberians and other west Africans who died from one form of cancer or another. As the months turn into years, the list is getting longer and it seems at a faster rate.

I am not sure if previous medical or scientific studies have been done in Liberian or west African communities, at home or abroad, but certain questions keep coming to mind.

Is there a link between their deaths? Is it something in our environment? Is it something in our food? Is it something in the air we breathe or the water we drink? Are more us dying of cancer aboard then at home in West Africa? Are the number of deaths, compatible with other countries in Africa and abroad? What types of Cancers are we dying from?

Based on these questions and others our readers may have, I am starting an online survey of questions that I hope will grow with more questions of interest, and answers on the subject.

Age Group at Diagnosis

Age Group
Persons
20 - 34
1
35 - 39
3
40 - 49
11
50 - 59
9
60 - 69
5
70 - 75
2
Total Surveyed
31

Sickness and death are highly personal matters to individuals and families. My intent is not to collect personal information, but general information that can be collected, compared, analyzed and generated into useful statistical data. If you have information about the subject of Liberians and West Africans in remission, recovery, sick with, or who died of Cancer, please take a minute and contribute questions and answers to our online survey.

Please fill out and submit the survey once. Thanks for your involvement and participation...

Special Thanks to Mrs. Jestina Doe-Anderson, PhD pharmacologist for helping us reorganized our survey questions.

Readers Comments

There are so many friends and relative I lost to cancer in the past 15 years. I don't need to fill out any survey to know the cause of the high cancer rate among Liberians. Look at all the mining concessions and rubber plantations in Liberia. These large companies and private owners were polluting our water and air daily. There was no anti environmental or pollution laws to protect our population and the nation. If there were any, the so called politicians looked away from the problem. The imported goods were never inspected or regulated. In my opinion, the high cancer rate is one of the price we are paying for years of neglect and corruption by those in control of our beloved country.

Samuel H Perkins, Yonkers, NY


   
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