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Cancer treatment costly and beyond reach

05 February 2014, 15:45

Nairobi - At least 70 Kenyans die from cancer everyday despite the fact that the disease can be prevented through early diagnosis and treatment.

This is according to the Association of Cancer Patients which said many cannot meet the costs of treating the disease.

“By the time you take off from work, 70 Kenyans will have died. This is due to the fact that many Kenyans cannot access treatment because of cost. Other Kenyans do not take any action to prevent cancer,” said David Makumi, an official of the association.

His sentiments came as Kenya joined the rest of the world in marking Cancer Day.

The day is commemorated annually on February 4.

There have been sensitization debates in the media for Kenyans to go for cancer testing but this has been an exercise in futility.

Breast cancer has been the most common among women whereas prostate cancer remained the most predominant among men.

Inadequate facilities at the Kenyatta National Hospital to deal with cancer patients have worsened the situation.

The hospital remains the only facility in the country that offers cancer therapy and treatment.

This situation has brought about congestion at the facility forcing well-off patients to seek treatment in such countries as India.

– CAJ News


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