Philippa Kibugu-Decuir

I am a survivor and I will inspire and educate others about cancer…

I am unstoppable and I will fight for a cancer-free world…   As we celebrate 2019 World Cancer Day, I cannot help but reflect on how I got involved in the Fight against Cancer with the hope that may be, my story will touch someone out there and make them rethink on how she/he...

Monday, February 4, 2019, 3:04 PM

Are we ready for the 6th Ulinzi Walk?

With much excitement and anticipation, we are pleased to announce that Breast Cancer Initiative East Africa (BCIEA) have now combined efforts and resources with the Minister of Health and organisers of the Car Free Day for the month of October.  The walk will now take place on Sunday October...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 11:37 PM

Breast cancer fight: Each one of us has something to give

The month of March was significant to the Cancer Awareness Campaign in Rwanda and could be pivotal to changing the way we look at cancer in the country from now on. The Women Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network (WE CAN) held its 4th Annual East Africa Breast and Cervical Cancer Education, Advocacy...

Friday, April 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

World Cancer Day: Time to reflect on What We, You, I Can Do?

World Cancer Day is the International Day (WCD) marked annually, on February 4th to raise awareness of cancer and encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. This day is meant to urge you and me to reflect and ask: "What Action Can We, You, and I take against Cancer?" World Cancer Day...

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Happy Father's Day! To All Rwandan Fathers

In USA, Sunday 19, 2016 is Father's Day and since good things are good to share, I am extending this celebration to Rwanda and East Africa. I celebrate all Fathers, especially those fathers who are or have been care takers of breast cancer spouses, starting with my own husband. Thank you for being...

Sunday, June 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

Be alert, male breast cancer is as dangerous as the others

Philippa Kibugu-Decuir When baby boys and baby girls are born, they have similar breast tissue and breast size. As boys develop especially during puberty, their breast growth ceases to be as complex as that of girls. High testosterone and low estrogen levels stop the development in boys. Their...

Monday, June 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

Cancer fight: do we need a new approach?

Yesterday was World Cancer Day! The 2015 theme was “Not Beyond Us” proposes a new positive and proactive approach in the fight against cancer. This approach is underscored by: “Solutions exist across the continuum of cancer and they are within our reach,” as stated by Union...

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why we dedicate October to the fight against breast cancer

Philippa Kibugu-Decuir October is breast cancer awareness month. It is marked by global campaign to increase awareness of this disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.              The campaign also offers information and support for...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

Everyone should play a role in the fight against cancer

I WAS reflecting on my 20th breast cancer survival anniversary and came across this graphic (on South Africa).  Looking at what has been achieved in the fight against breast cancer since 1994, there is a big divide between high and low income countries yet no one can deny that all cancers are...

Saturday, May 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’ initiative should be development oriented

Editor,Reference is made to Sunny Ntayombya’s article, “What does Ndi Umunyarwanda mean to me?” (The New Times, November 20).Well articulated.I have been intrigued by this new but soul touching and thought-provoking “Ndi Umunyarwanda” concept.Now you have me evaluating...

Friday, November 22, 2013, 12:00 AM

Breastfeeding plays a role in reducing breast cancer

Editor,Besides being extremely important for the newborn and the mother as well stated in this article, studies strongly suggest that breastfeeding plays an important role in reducing the risk of breast cancer.Implication: Women are encouraged to breastfeed as long as possible with the possibility...

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 12:00 AM

The war on breast cancer is on

Editor,It is awe-inspiring to witness how much can be done with so little. It is mind-boggling to imagine a ward with capacity for 24beds having 100 patients. But where there is a will there is a way. Congratulations to Butaro Healthcare Center staff and to anybody who has made it possible in any...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 12:00 AM

Celebrating our mothers, the cradle of humanity

Editor, I congratulate Mrs. Eva Gara for this fabulous idea. It is high time mothers are celebrated in Rwanda, and the whole of Africa for that matter. They are indeed the backbone of society; in fact they should be celebrated every day. That special day, once in a year, will make a mark as the day...

Monday, April 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

One becomes we, together we can conquer cancer

We just celebrated World Cancer Day, on February 13, with its thought provoking theme: “Recognition and Awareness, Dispelling Four Cancer Myths” In recognition and support of World Cancer Day Organisation leadership, we at Breast Cancer East Africa Inc.(BCIEA Inc), passionately believe...

Monday, February 25, 2013, 12:00 AM

‘Johnny come lately on education’

Editor,I am an English teacher in Houston. I liked the article ‘Johnny come lately on education’ by Eddie Balaba in last Saturday’s paper. I like the Eddie’s style and thinking. I plan to share this article with the entire student body of my high school (1,350). We have been...

Sunday, June 24, 2012, 12:00 AM

‘Johnny come lately on education’

Editor,I am an English teacher in Houston. I liked the article ‘Johnny come lately on education’ by Eddie Balaba in last Saturday’s paper. I like the Eddie’s style and thinking. I plan to share this article with the entire student body of my high school (1,350). We have been...

Sunday, June 24, 2012, 12:00 AM

Why Breast Cancer awareness is important

Cancer survivors lean on and learn from each other. They are the most kin-knit, compassionate, bold, understanding and yet vulnerable, fearless and ferocious fighters I have ever seen. They all share a common belief succinctly expressed by this quote by another survivor:  ‘In the fight...

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 12:00 AM

Let us remain vigilant in the fight against Breast Cancer

February 4, was World Cancer Day. Survival rates in high income countries like US are 90 percent for breast, prostate and testicular cancers. However, life giving progress is yet to reach low income countries like Rwanda. (Felecia Knaul 2012).  As a cancer survivor, I have a strong bias...

Monday, February 13, 2012, 12:00 AM

Early detection of Breast Cancer is the best protection

WORLDWIDE, the month of October is set aside as the breast cancer awareness month. It is the time when everybody unites for the common good, to celebrate life and survivorship, remember those who passed on; reflect and set new goals on how to continue the fight against breast cancer and increase...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 12:00 AM

The gift of breast cancer survival

In USA, November is a thanksgiving month. Families gather from far and wide to celebrate freedom, liberty, happiness, prosperity and individual achievements. Personally, I am thankful for the gifts of love and life which are the essence of Providence—the gift of breast cancer survival. Come to...

Thursday, November 25, 2010, 12:00 AM

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