10 November 2012

Kenya: Cancer Foundation Launches Handbooks

Former Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph (L), Dorothy Nyong'o, Medical services Minister Prof Anyang' Nyong'o, Director Radio Africa ltd Sudhir Kumar Vidyarthi and Safaricom Foundation Chairman Joseph Ogutu launch the cancer manual handbook for cancer patients at Safaricom House Yest.

The Africa Cancer Foundation yesterday launched four booklets for cancer patients. The manuals can help patients, their relatives and care providers to understand the symptoms of the disease. The booklets also have information on diet for the patients.

The launch comes in th wake of cancer awareness month that saw a huge number turn out for screening at the KICC. "Information is power and the experience we had drove us to do this. The booklets will help one to relate to cancer at a local and personal level," said director of ACF Dorothy Nyong'o.

The Africa Cancer Foundation was formed on April 6, 2011 as a charitable trust to look for resources, carry out research, create awareness and provide services for the prevention, management and treatment of cancer in Africa.

Cancer currently causes more deaths than TB, Malaria and HIV and Aids combined. More than 70 per cent of cancer related deaths occur in developing countries, many of which are in Africa.

In Kenya, the most frequently diagnosed cancers are breast and oesophagus. There are about 118,000 cancer deaths under the age of 70 per year and more than 82,000 new cases are diagnosed annually.

The booklets unveiled are Radiation Therapy and You, Chemotherapy and You, Taking time and Eating Hints. ACF launched the booklets in conjunction with Safaricom Foundation.

Former Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph, who is a colon cancer survivor, said cases of cancer are too many. "Cancer is all around us and it can be prevented through eating and living well," he said.

Joseph said pollution in Kenya is "massive" and asked the government to address it. He urged the media to create more awareness on cancer saying it is curable when detected and treated early.

Fredrick Malingu, a caregiver, Monica Buluma, an oesphagus cancer survivor, Bidanya Barassa, a colon cancer survivor, and Ben Muchemi were present during the launch of the booklets and also shared their different experiences.

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