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SU Medical Centre to carry out cancer screening

  Oct 5, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Strathmore University Medical Centre will be carrying out activities to create awareness on cancer and have screening clinics for breast and cervical cancer.

According to a 2011 study by Ipsos-Synovate it was found that six out of seven women in Kenya have not been screened for breast cancer despite aggressive and sustained awareness campaigns by government, private hospitals and NGOs. An almost similar proportion of those surveyed (83 per cent) had not been screened for cervical cancer in the past year.

Researchers have also found that deaths and incidences are rising in developing countries. “Women younger than 50 in developing countries accounted for 23 per cent of global breast cancer deaths and 34 per cent of global cervical cancer deaths, whereas their peers in developed nations accounted for 10 per cent of both,” said the Lancet report of September 2011.

The Strathmore University Medical Centre will have lectures by experts on cancer as well as screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer and prostate cancer. The screening will take place from October 8-31, 2012.

Contact the Strathmore Medical Centre for more information.

Facts about Breast Cancer

  • According to Afya Kenya Foundation estimates that one in nine women develop breast cancer during their lifetime, and about one third succumb to the disease.
  • Breast cancer is commonly found among women with a family history of breast cancer in first degree relatives which means one’s mother or sister.
  • Women with no children or those who have their first child after the age of 30 have a higher risk of contracting breast cancer
  • Women who smoke.
  • Women who are obese.
  • Click here to download cancer awareness presentation.

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