ecancer: The increasing importance of cancer control in Africa (13) BBC: Cancer patients and carers are calling on Kenya's government to declare the illness a "national disaster"

2 August, 2019

Extracts below. Full text here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-49191685

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There are more than 3,000 cancer cases for each oncologist in Kenya, compared to less than 150 in the US and China, according to the Journal of Global Oncology...

Around 30,000 people die from cancer every year in Kenya, the government says...

Chemotherapy is not generally available in the public health service, according to the World Health Organization...

In the rural areas there is lack of information and a lot of misinformation too. Myths and misconceptions exist, as well as stigma.

It is estimated that 70-80% of patients diagnosed with cancer in Kenya are at advanced stages, with high rates of misdiagnosis and inadequate screening hindering early detection.

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Best wishes, Neil

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