Cancer Awareness Centre of Kenya (CACK) is a community based non-profit making organization registered in Kenya in accordance with the law. The organization was established in 2011 to conduct cancer awareness and screening programs to the community to enhance early detection which is the best protection. It was conceived of the need brought about by many Christians losing their lives in our church as a result of cancer. We decided and agreed to organize the first screening and awareness event in the church as we marked breast cancer month and thus took the opportunity to sensitize about cancer and screened the entire community of breast cancer.
A member of the church, Grace Wanjiku, who was a devoted Christian and a member of the Young Professionals succumbed to breast cancer at a tender age of 25 years. The disease was diagnosed very late and nothing much could have been done to save her soul despite seeking all the possible medical interventions and fundraising to assist in bills she was incurring. May her soul rest in Eternal Peace (RIP).
After celebrating her life, we decided to do something about cancer which was becoming a global threat and organized the first screening event. Due to increasing cases of the same, a lot of Christians wanted more help and this was not possible due to increasing numbers and insufficient funds. They wanted routine checkups on breast cancer and even other terminal conditions. This prompted us to start awareness campaign on Cancer as its better protected by early detection.
We are among founder and member of the Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations (KENCO) and work with the Ministry of Health on Cancer awareness and advocacy and screening in the health sector. We have been conducting Cancer Awareness campaigns and screening programs to sensitize the community on early Cancer detection strategies and other related terminal diseases as well as preventive care in cancer eradication.
This has been very successful as many people have benefited from these activities through awareness, early detection, diet interventions, physical fitness and healthy lifestyles. Since inception (2011) we have managed to screen over 20,000 people; including males.
Cancer has been identified as a silent killer in our communities especially because of the low level of awareness, poor diagnosis and lack of affordable facilities for cancer management. This affects the people and has a negative impact on the workforce thus burdening the business enterprises and government agencies.