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Beth Mugo opens up about her cancer ailment

30 October 2013, 00:19

Nairobi - Former Cabinet minister and nominated Senator Beth Mugo has cautioned women to avoid unhealthy life styles, and urged them to go on routine check ups, saying that it saved her life.

The former public health minister in the Grand Coalition Cabinet, said that if it was not for her routine medical check up, her breast cancer, in its early stages would have gone undetected, and it would have been a worse situation for her hence the need for county-based screening and awareness campaigns to get started by a section of County Women representatives.

Cancer linked to Soya based products

Mugo warned women against the consumption of Soya – related products which she said played a major role in her ailment according to her US - based doctor.

“I was not a frequent consumer of milk products, so I shifted to Soya which I consumed fro a very long period. According to my doctor, this was among the substances that contributed to the cancer,” Mugo said.

She went on further urge the women to avoid use of polythene bags especially in Micro-waves, Water in plastics as well as consuming suspicious greener vegetables which might have probably come from unhygienic places like sewerages, especially in urban areas.

She urged the women to come out in large numbers saying that: “Being diagnosed with breast cancer is not a death sentence. I am living proof that it can be treated just like any other disease, and all you need is to get screened.

She however lauded the government for its commitment in the health sector and was happy that the National Cancer Institute which will provide a national registry for cancer data, will be established following the approval of the National Cancer Control and Prevention Act of 2011 which was passed during her term as Minister.

She urged the government to train more oncologists and more doctors to curb the shortage of personnel in the health sector.

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