22 people have been diagnosed with cancer following free screening exercises at the Mama Lucy and Mbagathi hospitals in Nairobi.

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Among the 22, seven women were diagnosed with breast cancer, while one man was diagnosed with prostate cancer at Mama Lucy hospital. 

In Mbagathi, twelve women tested positive for cervical cancer.

In a press release, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko applauded residents for participating in the screening exercises, adding that the fight against cancer starts with all individuals.

"The numbers that we have seen turn up for screening is encouraging. It shows we are all ready to tackle the monster," he said as quoted by K24.

He urged Nairobi residents and Kenyans at large to always go for screening, adding that early diagnosis of cancer is the first weapon against it.

 "Screening will be a continuous process at the county facilities, and I call on city residents to avail themselves for the free exercise," Sonko noted. 

Mama Lucy hospital medical superintendent Musa Mohamed said the cases can be stopped from escalating to dangerous levels, if relevant treatment is administered in time. 

"We found eight cases but we want to tell the victims that they can control their situation because it is not at advanced stage," he said as quoted by K24.

Over 300 people have been screened since the exercise started on Monday.