60% of Coast women unaware of breast cancer
12 March 2012, 15:16
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Over three hundred women were on Saturday freely tested for breast cancer at Tawfiq Hospital in Malindi district, Kilifi County.
It is the first exercise in Malindi and Magarini districts which will help sensitized women and screened to pass information to others especially from the rural areas where an official with Mombasa Bahari Lions Club said people were not aware of the killer disease.
Doctor Mala Nyun a specialists in breast cancer screening said many of women in the region were not aware of the killer disease and the expressed the important of breast cancers testing sensitization to women in the rural areas.
She said about 60 per cent of women in Malindi and Magarini are not aware of the killer disease and appealed to residents visit the nearest Hospital to test breast cancer.
“When we conducted a sensitization workshop on important of breast cancer testing we learnt that many people had not been informed of the important and especially those from rural areas,” he noted.
Every month, Doctor Nyun advised women to go for screening and mostly women from the age of 18 years and above so that they can know if they have been breast Cancer or not.
“It is the first exercise in Malindi and Magarini which Mombasa Bahari Lions club had organized and so we encourage women and also men to try and go for breast cancer testing every month,” she added.
She said women came from as far as Lamu to be tested for breast cancers. Breast cancer testing was the second and important free service that Mombasa Bahari Lions club had organized supported by Mabati Rolling mills.
A part from women she said also men suffer from breast cancer and urged them to go for test as they are also in the risk infected by the killer disease.
Last week the non-governmental organization (Mombasa Bahari Lions club) camped at Malindi district Hospital where they offered free medical services to patients before relocating their camp to Tawfiq Hospital for free breast cancer screening on Saturday.
Women interviewed hailed the non-governmental organization for providing free breast cancer test and sensitizing them as many of them were not informed of the danger of breast cancer.
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