World Cancer Day, 4th February 2018

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The world celebrated world cancer day the first weekend of February. It is said that Kenya is part of the African Esophageal Cancer Corridor (ESCC), which has the highest incidence of throat cancer in the world. The corridor includes Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and parts of South Africa.

While other areas with high cancer incidences are China and Iran. Kenya record has the highest prevalence of cancer disease globally. The information is cited from the World Health Organization’s affiliated GLOBOCAN.

Official statistics show EC or esophageal cancer to have high prevalence in Central Kenya, around the Lake Victoria region but with possible hot spots in Eldoret and Bomet in the Rift Valley.

Clearly, Cancer disease is becoming a thorn in the flesh for Kenya and as we mark the world cancer day it is our hope that people will adhere to the following recommended precautions in order to prevent occurrence;

1. Not smoking

2. Eating healthy diets by;

  • Including  plenty of fruits and vegetables in their diet
  • Avoiding being over weight
  • Moderate drinking of alcohol
  • Limiting of processed meats.

3. Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active

4. Protecting  oneself from the sun by;

  • Avoiding midday sun
  • Shading from the sun’s heat
  • Covering exposed areas
  • Not  skimping on sunscreen
  • Avoiding tanning beds and sunlamps

5. Get immunized against the following diseases

  • Hepatitis B.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV).

6. Avoid risky behaviors by ;

  • Practicing safe sex
  • Not  sharing needles

7. Get regular medical care;

Regular self-exams and screenings for various types of cancers — such as cancer of the skin, colon, cervix and breast — can increase chances of discovering cancer early, when treatment is most likely to be successful.