Kenyans asked to go for free cancer screening at KICC
17 July 2015, 11:29
Nairobi - First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called on all Kenyans to go for free cancer screening at KICC.
She urged Kenyans to take advantage of the ongoing exercise that is part of the activities around the 9th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa Conference (SCCA) which is scheduled for the 19th to the 21st of this month at the same venue.
“Cancer kills over 8 million people globally every year, constituting close to 13% of the total deaths worldwide. 70% of cancer deaths occur in low and middle income countries, majority of which are in Africa.
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“In Kenya, cancer ranks third as a cause of death after infectious and cardiovascular diseases, accounting for 7% of total national deaths every year. This harsh reality therefore calls for concerted efforts aimed at promoting cancer prevention, early detection, improved diagnosis and treatment including palliative care,” she said.
She urged Kenyans to come forward and know their status since medical experts say most cancers can be cured if detected early.
“I urge Kenyans from all walks of life to attend this free cancer screening; it is important to know our status.
“Come and get tested, do not wait until it is too late,” she added.
The screening started on Thursday and ends next week Tuesday, between 9am and 5pm.
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