The cancer burden is rising globally, exerting significant strain on populations and health systems at all income levels. In Kenya, cancer is the 3rd leading cause of death after infectious and cardiovascular diseases. The International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) GLOBOCAN report for 2018 estimated 47,887 new cases of cancer annually with a mortality of 32,987. This represents close to 45% increase in incidence compared to the previous report that estimated 37,000 new cancer cases annually with an annual mortality of 28,500 in 2012. Breast, cervix uteri, oesophagus, prostate and colorectum are the leading types of new cancer cases in both males and females across all ages, with oesophageal cancer being the leading cause of cancer deaths, followed by cervical cancer and then breast cancer.
It is sad to note that 70-80% of cancer patients in Kenya are diagnosed at an advanced disease when it is not amenable to cure. Cancer is a critical global health and human issue. Today, 9.6 million people each year will die from cancer. This number is predicted to almost double by 2030; making it the second-deadliest disease. 70% of cancer deaths occur in low-to-middle income countries. Less than 30% of low income countries have cancer treatment services available (compared to 90% in high-income countries).
Up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year through resource appropriate strategies for prevention, early detection and timely and quality treatment. Yet, at least one third of cancers can be prevented. This is part of the justification to improve the face of health in our society by creating cancer awareness and early detection through screening and healthy lifestyles modifications towards a cancer free society.
In this regard, Cancer Awareness Centre of Kenya in conjunction with Deliverance Church – Tumaini Center, Githurai Kimbo, Nairobi have organized a CANCER SCREENING AND AWARENESS MEDICAL CAMP at Deliverance Church, Tumaini Center, Githurai Kimbo on Saturday 30th March 2019 starting 7.00am and offer free services to the community. We have partnered with other organizations to offer a one stop medical services.
We propose to conduct the following services;
- Essential NCD Screening (Blood Sugars, Blood Pressure, Height & Weight, BMI)
- Screening for Reproductive Cancers (Cervical, Prostate & Breast).
- Health education and Nutritional talks.
- Counseling and Social Support.
- HIV screening, risk-reduction counseling, and care information
The greatest benefit is the feeling to know that we shall help many people to get aware of the debilitating disease in the community and increase chances of early detection and an opportunity for early medical intervention.
Together let’s prevent, control and treat Cancer-The best protection is early detection.
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