‘Cancer is now recognized as a global health threat’
Cancer is the 3rd leading cause of death in Kenya.
Cancer is a dreaded disease that requires long term treatment and is usually very expensive. Over 70% of patients present with advanced disease due to low level of awareness, late presentation and diagnosis and lack of affordable facilities for cancer management. For this reason, many patients cannot afford the treatment; and for those who can afford, it becomes very difficult because treatment takes away all their resources.
People shy away from clinical screening and due to time, cost and lack of health awareness hence the increase in the menace. The benefit of early screening is to increase chances of early detection and an opportunity for early medical intervention.
If awareness is emphasized, Cancer can be eradicated to the minimal. Many cases are treatable when detected early, thus the community must be sensitized more about cancer in order to save lives.