The homestead of former Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, is currently bustling and bubbling with adoration and praises to God for sparing his life. He did not get another high profile appointment; neither did he just win an international contract. Rather, the Delta-born technocrat was diagnosed with prostate cancer and he had a successful surgery in the United States recently. Sources close to Kachikwu said he is recuperating in London at the moment.
His wife and kids and select family members are enjoying this period with him especially. Kachikwu had spent the last four years in public office where he was first appointed the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC before being elevated to a minister. Against his expectations though, he was not reappointed when President Muhammadu Buhari returned for a second term in office.
Prostate cancer, which Kachikwu was diagnosed with, is cancer that occurs in the prostate – a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. It is one of the most common types of cancer in men. According to the BBC, 13,000 cases of prostate cancer were reported in Nigeria in 2018. It is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for men in the U.S. About one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. This year, nearly 175,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Usually, prostate cancer grows slowly and is initially confined to the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm. However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.
When it’s still confined to the prostate gland, it has a better chance of successful treatment. Prostate cancer may cause no signs or symptoms in its early stages but when advanced, look out for symptom.
Studies show prostate cancer risk may double for heavy smokers. Smoking is also linked to a higher risk of dying from prostate cancer. However, within 10 years of quitting, your risk for prostate cancer goes down to that of a non-smoker the same age. Kachikwu is not known by the general public to indulge in smoking.