The Star (Nairobi)

10 December 2012

Kenya: Medic Links Rising Cancer Cases to Aids

A medical doctor has attributed the rise in cancer to the increasing cases of HIV/AIDS. Dr Fredrick Onyango who is the director of Shalom Community Hospital, said HIV/AIDS causes the body to weaken therefore becoming susceptible to multiple diseases especially cancers.

"When a person is infected by HIV/AIDS,the body immune system becomes weak and therefore cancer can easily manifest and without early detection,it leads to death," he said.

Speaking during the annual health awareness day organided by Shalom Community Hospital at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos over the weekend, Dr. Onyango said it is easier to handle most sickness if treatment is started at early stages and asked Kenyans to seek early testing and treatment for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes,hypertension and HIV/AIDS in order to control the diseases in the early stages.

The event saw patients, staff members and the public take part in various sporting activities such as football, basketball, netball, volleyball,sack race, egg race and tug of war among other activities that involved exercising the body.

The public was also offered free medical services, HIV testing and blood donation exercise was carried out by medical personnel from the hospital.

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