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Govt to improve cancer treatment facilities

07 November 2013, 11:55 Kelvin Wanjohi

Nairobi - Cabinet Secretary for Health, James Macharia has said the government is working towards improving the cancer treatment infrastructure and also provide preventive and curative health services of high standards.

Speaking in Nairobi during the launch of the national guidelines for cancer management, Macharia said that cancer as one of the major non communicable diseases which together with cardiovascular diseases diabetes and chronic diseases cause over 60%percent of global mortality every year and hence the need to put effective mechanisms in the country .

He said cancer kills 22,000 people out of a reported 28,000 cases, making it the third leading cause of deaths in the country.

“The leading cancers in women are breast, cervical and esophagus with 34 out of 100000 women have breast cancer and this is posing a big threat to our mothers, sisters and daughters,” said Macharia.

He said that cancer is hampering our economic growth since it affects men and women at their most productive year’s necessary for national building.

He added that the ministry of health will promote prevention and adoption of health lifestyles to control the non- communicable diseases.

He urged Kenyans to go for regular screening since the earlier cancer is detected, it can be cured cost effectively with good diagnosis

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