Kenya has today joined the rest of the global community in marking the twelfth anniversary of world cancer day.
The global cancer awareness day celebrations will today be held at Kamukunji, California Resource center Hall where there will be free cancer screening services.
It will be hosted by area MP Yusuf Hassan who has urged residents to come out in large numbers and be screened.
This year’s theme is ‘we can I can’ and the aim is to prove that every single person can make a difference in the fight against cancer
And As global citizens mark World Cancer Day, the reality that Kenya has only four radiology centres in Nairobi with only one being a public health facility is disturbing
Kenyatta National Hospital is the only public treatment facility in the country for cancer, one of the leading killers.
World Cancer Day is observed each year on 4 February for us to reminisce and consider the increased global burden that cancer inflicts on people, both poor and rich.
Cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8 million cancer-related deaths annually.
In Kenya, cancer is the 3rd leading cause of death after infectious and cardiovascular diseases. In 2012, there was an estimated 37,000 new cancer cases and 28,500 cancer deaths in Kenya.