Wednesday, 7 October 2015

RIP! Dangote loses daughter to brain cancer

Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote lost his adopted daughter and niece Fatima Bello to brain cancer last week Tuesday. She battled the illness for 2 years according to reports.

Fatima's father was Dangote's younger brother. He died in 1996 in a plane crash involving the son of late Head of State, General Sani Abacha. The billionaire reportedly adopted and trained his late niece after her father's passing.

Although brain cancers are relatively rare, many other cancers aren't. We can lessen our chances of having brain cancers and other cancers by reducing our exposure to radiation including X-rays, radiotherapy and CT scans (especially of the head). Despite their usefulness in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, radiation could be harmful and should be reduced to as low as possible.

However, there are other risk factors for developing brain cancer which are uncontrollable, for example, age (as we get older our risk of brain tumour increases), a previous cancer history (with or without treatment),  genetic and family history etc. 

Fatima died in a private hospital and has been buried in London according to Islamic rites. May her soul rest in peace!!

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