Today is World Cancer Day. Initiated by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) based in Geneva, World Cancer Day represents a chance to unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer.
“World Cancer Day is a unique opportunity to raise awareness that there is much that can be done at an individual, community and governmental level, to harness and mobilise these solutions and catalyse positive change. By moving forward together we have the potential to show: Cancer. It is not beyond us.”
In Nairobi, World Cancer Day is observed throughout the weekend including free breast, cervical, and prostate cancer screening conducted by the Africa Cancer Foundation. In addition, the Cancer Awareness Centre of Kenya is hosting a 5km Cancer Walk and Screening this Saturday, February 7, 2015 in conjunction with The Zambezi Hospital Ltd. For more information: http://www.worldcancerday.org/
Here at Sagam Community Hospital, we offer free cervical cancer screening on a daily basis. All women aged 15-65 are encouraged to get cervical cancer screening via visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) every year. Patients affected by HIV are especially high risk for the disease and are encouraged to get VIA every 6 months. Besides screening, we offer treatment options for pre-cancerous lesions using cryotherapy and loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). Cervical Cancer is the only preventable gynaecological cancer and all females are encouraged to get appropriate screening.