Cancer claiming more male lives than female in Kenya – Medic

Dr Catherine Nyongesa from Texas Cancer Center in Nairobi

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 15, 2019 – More men than women are dying of Cancer despite the fact that majority of the people suffering from the killer disease are women, medics have divulged.

According to Dr Catherine Nyongesa from Texas Cancer Center in Nairobi, the ever spiraling number of men dying of Cancer is due to the fact that men rarely go for screening as compared to their female counterparts.

Dr. Nyongesa, a renowned Oncologist was emphatic that 60 per cent of those suffering from Cancer in Kenya are women while 40 per cent are men.

“The higher number in women is attributed to the women’s nature of seeking routine medical check-ups as compared to men who majority do not go for routine medical check-ups,” she said.

According to a 2018-2019 survey by Globocan, there are 47,087 new cancer cases reported every year in Kenya with Nairobi County leading in number of new cancer cases.

Every year more than 32,987 Kenyans reportedly die of Cancer. In an exclusive interview with The Sun Weekly, Dr. Ngongesa says no Kenyan should die of Cancer due to the perceived high cost associated with the treatment and diagnosis.

She said Texas Cancer hospital, in Nairobi currently has the-state-of-art treatment facilities, thus no Kenyan should travel to India seeking medical assistance.

She said Texas Cancer hospital, in Nairobi currently has the-state-of-art treatment facilities, thus no Kenyan should travel to India seeking medical assistance.

“We at Texas Cancer Hospital, have been a hope to thousands of Kenyans. I urge Kenyans to go for regular screening and should not travel abroad for treatment since the disease is manageable when discovered at early stage,” she observed.

According to Dr. Nyongesa, top-most five common Cancers in Kenya are Breast Cancer with 5,985 cases reported annually and claiming over 2,553 lives. Cervical Cancer recording 5,250 cases but claiming more lives than breast cancer at 3,286 deaths annually. Esophagus comes third recording 4,380 new cases but killing more people than any other as it claims over 4,351 lives every year.

This is because Esophagus cancer is unisex while breast and cervical cancers mainly attack women. Prostate cancer comes fourth recording 2,864 new cases while Colorectal cancer is the fifth most common cancer recording 2,316 new cases and a thousand four hundred and sixty six deaths.

Despite this rising cases and worrying statistics, Kenya has made significant milestone in treatment facilities as compared to other East African countries such as Uganda and Tanzania.              As we celebrate the cancer awareness month this October, Dr. Nyongesa has recommended use of modern researched medicine as opposed to herbal medicine.

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