On April 10, cancer awareness celebrations were held in Kiryandongo District. According to ministry of Health, about 35,000 new cancer cases are reported each year and only 5 per cent of those have access to specialised cancer care, diagnosis and treatment and 95 per cent die without access to specialised care and support. The mortality rate of those diagnosed with cancer is very high and it is estimated at 79 per cent. Late presentation for diagnosis is blamed for the high mortality rate of the cancer patients. Majority of the cancer patients come from rural areas.
Treating cancer is very expensive and one requires at least Shs10 million for just a single patient. Prevention is far better than cure and according to World Health Organisation (WHO) 75 per cent of all diseases that affect humans are preventable if people revise their lifestyles and participate in cancer vaccination and immunisation programmes.
Cancer is one disease that takes very long time to show signs and symptoms. One can live with cancer and not feel any pain or have signs and symptoms till such a time reaches when some symptoms begins to manifest. And so the only sure way of preventing it is to get tested or screened. Screening and treatment for cancer is free of charge in government hospitals and Health Centre IVs across the country. At National Cancer Awareness Association, we conduct sensitisation to create awareness on cancer and support members whenever cancer strikes. We also do support cancer patients through our partners.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor