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Free cancer screening, treatment underway at JOOTRH

Oliver Peter
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A poster announcing free cancer screening and treatment. [Photo/ Kmet Kenya]

The Kenya Medical Trust (K-MET) is conducting a four day cervical cancer screening and treatment at the Jaramogi Odinga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH).

The event which kicked off on Tuesday will come to an end on Friday.

According to KMET’s post on social media pages, cervical cancer rarely presents any symptoms in its early stages thus highlighting the importance of regular screening for the disease. 

“The big day is here, visit JOOTRH be screened and get treated on the site for free, trained health professionals are already in the facility. You do not have to choose between good health and other basic needs; screenings goes up to 18th of May,” reads a post on the Organizations facebook page.

The Kenya Cancer Network report indicates that 70-80% of various forms of cancer among them cervical are diagnosed in late stages, with 60% of Kenyans affected by Cancer being younger than 70 years old.

This is due to lack of awareness, inadequate diagnostic facilities, lack of treatment facilities high cost of treatment and high poverty Index among others.

In terms of those affected, breast cancer leads with 34% of the Kenyan population being affected, cervical cancer follows with 25% while prostate cancer is third with 17% per 100, 000 people.

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