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Cancer prevalence in Busia could overtake HIV/Aids,

Medics warn Cancer prevalence in Busia could overtake HIV/Aids if wananchi will
not be sensitized on the need to undergo regular  screening.
County Director of Health  Dr Melisa Lutomia  said cervical cancer is
leading in the county with 266 reported cases  between 2014 and mid
June.  Cancer of the Oesophagus is second with 34 cases while  Breast
and liver cancer tie on third position with  15 reported cases.
Busia First Lady Judy Ojaamong  took a 2.5km walk  to mark the launch
of cancer awareness campaign  which will start in all the seven sub
counties starting Monday to Friday.
After flagging off the walk at Busia County Referral hospital, Judy
joined  participants  in the walk  to Agricultural Training Centre
led by the Brass Band.
The First Lady appealed to people in all the sub counties to turn up
in large numbers to be screened to avoid seeking cancer  treatment
when it has reached level three or four  which incurable and needs
only palliative care.
” I am happy that Busia  is first county  to come openly  and
undertake  cancer awareness  campaign. We need concerted efforts  to
stamp out  cancer in the county,” she said.
County Executive Committee Member for Health Dr Maurice Siminyu  said
cancer affects  all living tissues  and warned medical officers  not
to delay detection of such ailments by prescribing patients with
painkillers.
Dr Siminyu also revealed that  the delayed promotion of medical
officers will now be implemented after  their files which were still
held in Nairobi started arriving, adding that 250 officers will be
promoted.
Busia Referral hospital medical superintendent, Dr Janerose Ambuchi
said cancer screening is done on a daily basis from Monday to Friday
at the Referral hospital, all level four hospitals and designated
health centres across the county.
She said  1823 women were screened  for cancer with 1400 testing
negative while 423 were positive to confirm the magnitude of cancer in
the county.
County Chief Nursing officer Assumpta Matekwa said breast, cervical
and prostate cancer  screening exercise will be  run in all the sub
counties. The exercise will be presided over by a team from Cancel
Cancer Africa, volunteers from UK  led by Ronney Jacobs.
Retired  nurse  Jane Ekirapa narrated how she overcame breast cancer
due to early detection and treatment, adding that she  had one of her
breasts cut off 12 years ago.

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