Music legend, Sound Sultan is dead.

Nigerian frontline entertainer Olanrewaju Fasasi popularly known as Sound Sultan has died.

Olanrewaju Fasasi died on Sunday morning after a prolonged battle with lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system, his family said in a statement. He was 44.

Sound Sultan dominated Nigeria’s music in the early and mid-2000s, releasing hits like Jagbajantis, Bushmeat and Follow Me Go.

His demise has been mourned on social media, with dozens of Nigerians already paying tributes to his legendary work and remarkable candour. His gruff sound was particularly alluring to thousands of his fans.

He was nominated for the top music awards Headies in 2012.

We his family will appreciate the utmost privacy as we come to grips with this tragic loss,” his brother Kayode Fasasi said in the family statement.

His wife, three children and his siblings survived him.

So what causes Lymphoma?

According to well known Doctor, Dr Olufunmilayo (@Drolufunmilayo via Twitter) he gave a detailed explanation of likely details below.


There’s no exact cause of lymphoma

But there are risk factors that increase the chance of developing it, such as a weak immune system.

Having risk factors does not mean you will get lymphoma. Infact many people with lymphoma have no risk factors at all.

There are two main types of lymphomas. (The non-hodgkin and the Hodgkin lymphoma). Even though there are other types too- but I won’t bother you with undue details.

There is no known cause for any lymphoma regardless of the type. However some people may have higher risks for it.

General risk factors for lymphoma:
If you are between 15-40 years old,
If you are also older than 55years old,
If you are a man (some types are also commoner in women),

If you already have a weak immune system- like uncontrolled diabetes, previous organ transplant, HIV/AIDS etc;

If you have a close family member who had lymphoma- or a related cancer;

If you were exposed to radiation- maybe from work or from previous cancer treatment,

If you were exposed to benzene or other chemicals (pesticide/insecticide) used to kill weeds, stubborn grass or insects;

What are the signs of Lymphoma?
•Painless swelling in your neck, armpits or groin
•Persistent tiredness
•High temperature
•Night sweating
•Shortness of breath
•Unexplained weight loss
•Continuous itching skin
•Sometimes excess bleeding like nosebleeds and heavy periods.

On a final note, if you or someone you know has any of these symptoms and you are worried, pls see a doctor.

Blood tests, chest X-rays, biopsy and special scans can be arranged to make diagnosis.

Treatment will depend on the type and the stage of the cancer. Thanks for reading.

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