Kemri: cancer could be killing over 20,000 Kenyans annually

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Kenyans have called on the government to declare cancer a national disaster after three high profile Kenyans died as a result of cancer.

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, Kibra MP Ken Okoth, and Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso all died in July.

This has also been necessitated by a new study that has rated Cancer as the third largest killer disease in the country after infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases.

A study by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) at Kenyatta National Hospital, the largest cancer referral hospital in the country, cervical and breast cancer are common among women, while throat and prostate cancer are common among men.  Among children, the most prevalent cancer is Leukemia.

At least 40,000 new cases of cancer that are recorded by the Ministry of Health annually, with 27,000 deaths being recorded.

Cancer is a non-communicable disease and it has proven very expensive to treat and manage.

The cost of chemotherapy is the reason the disease is expensive to manage.

Reports indicate that more than 60 MPs are suffering from cancer and are secretly going abroad to treat the disease with fears that a majority of ordinary citizens could be suffering too.

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