- Written by Queen Munguti for KenyaKidz
Kenyan men are being urged to go for regular cancer screening so as to facilitate the early detection of the disease and increase the survival rates for people diagnosed.
“Most types of cancers can be cured when detected early. This is not limited to the types of cancers that are screened on the day. We urge Kenyan men, who still lag behind in proactive cancer management, to take advantage of free screening drives as early detection, diagnosis and treatment can greatly increase chances of effective treatment and survival,” said Phillip Odiyo, the Patient Support Manager from Faraja Cancer Trust.
In Kenya, the the number of new prostate cancer cases in country has more than tripled since 1990 from 546 cases to 2127 cases in 2013, this is according to a study titled The Global Burden of Cancer 2013 conducted Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and published in the journal JAMA Oncology.
However, oesophageal cancer was identidied as the leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the country with 1423 cases reported that year.
In the cancer screening camps that were conducted last week through the campaign, Let’s Fight this Battle Together, in Kakamega, 633 ladies and 613 men participated in the screening. From the screening exercise, 54 suspicious cases were isolated and referred for further diagnostic examinations while 12 cryotherapy treatments were delivered on site. The screening exercise focused on breast, cervical and prostate cancer.
“Participating in screening camps makes a lot of sense and needs to be embraced by all men not just ladies to facilitate early stage detection of any cancerous cases,” said Nakumatt Holdings Managing Director, Mr. Atul Shah Shah, one of the organizers of the campaign.
“The cancer burden can be heavy on the economy due to the social and emotional anguish that patients go through. At Nakumatt we are therefore support the screening initiatives to alleviate the plight of the less fortunate who have no access to formal screening services.”
Last year, over 8,000 Kenyans in 7 counties were screened and the initiative hopes to reach double the number this year in Kericho, Kakamega, Kitale, Marsabit, Kilifi, Makindu and Nanyuki.