our founders story
Hauwa stared experiencing pain after her fourth child birth. Having had 3 deliveries in the past, she knew the pain was unusual. Doctors gave her antibiotics. Howe ver, after 3 months, the pain
intensified. Doctors performed a mammogram but did not see anything abnormal. After 6 months of continuous pain, Hauwa eventually had a biopsy. She was diagnosed with breast cancer stage II in . She started chemotherapy treatment immediately after which the tumor shrunk enough to be able to removed completely. followed by radiotherapy The nightmare ended in 2016.
In May 2017, Hauwa funded ‘Save A Life Cancer Awareness And Support Network which is an NGO registered with CAC’ in order to educate people about breast and cervical cancer. It provides information, financial assistance, pre-clinical services, awareness campaigns, emotional support, and survival techniques to women diagnose with breast/cervical cancer and the general public.
We visits rural communities in Kano with our team of dedicated volunteer doctors, individuals as well as students in other to fight the stigma associated with the disease .In certain communities, cancer is thought to be a curse or a spiritual punishment such SALCASUN encourages women to go to the hospital and seek medical treatment.
SALCASUN also thinks of the next generation and plans to visits girl’s schools to educate them on the importance of self-examination.
Founding SALCASUN makes Hauwa appreciates life more and she plans t use this medium to give hope to women in Nigeria and around the world that cancer is no longer a death sentence and prevention is key. ‘My message to all women out there is that prevention is better than cure so they should visit the hospital if you feel any changes in your body.
SAVE A LIFE CANCER AWARENESS AND SUPPORT NETWORK is a non-governmental organization with the passion and determination to raise awareness on breast and cervical cancer though educating women, young girls and the general populace on its signs, symptoms, preventative strategies, importance of routine screening and treatment with hope that greater knowledge will lead to early detection of the disease.
In recent years, the increase occurrence of cancer in young women at its late stages often leads to death. A woman can develop breast cancer at any age, but the risk increases as a woman grows older. When a breast tumor is found in its earliest stages, a woman has better than 90% chance of long-term survival. Much progress has been made in treating breast cancer nowadays. Many women no longer lose a breast or even their life to this disease. Today’s generation of women has a better chance of surviving breast cancer and leaving a happy, active lifestyle when the disease is detected in its early stage. Finding breast cancer as early as possible is most important.
Hence, our mission to spread the cautionary phrase, “Early Detection saves lives” Our programs are designed to highlight the importance and methods of detecting early symptoms of cancer so that our Mothers, Sisters and Daughters can be well alert of this disease. Some of our programs are tagged EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES, KNOW THE SYMPTOMS, YOUR HEALTH IN YOUR HANDS, KEEP THE HOPE, I AM A SURVIVOR, TRUTHS AND MYTHS OF CANCER IN THE NORTH, amongst others.