The Nigerian nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Tuesday, said he was diagnosed of cancer last December.
Soyinka disclosed this at a press conference at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He said he decided to open up so as to create awareness about cancer disease and to help people take measures to prevent it or seek prompt medical attention for cure.
According to him, the reason he survived the disease was because of early detection, treatment and proper dieting.
He also revealed that his family has a history of cancer ailment.
He said immediately he realised he had cancer, his initial reaction was to see it as one of those challenges that should be dealt with, adding that at a time he considered it “an unwanted squatter in his body and had to get rid of it whether it is a slow growing one or malignant.”
Soyinka, however, did not reveal the nature of the cancer he was treated for, but his son, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, who is the Commissioner for Health in Ogun State, later said his father was treated for “prostate cancer.”
However, an expert and Founder of African Cancer Centre in Lagos, Prof. Olu Williams, assured Soyinka that he would “not die of cancer.”
He added that Soyinka had the disease because of his old age and will only “die with the ailment.”