Government should declare cancer a national disaster

Cancer has robbed Kenya three great leaders in a span of one month.

The deadly disease killed Safaricom CEO – Bob Collymore, before coming back for the hope of Kibra HON Ken Okoth. The latest one being Bomet Governor Dr Joyce Laboso who succumbed to cancer this week. 

The death of these three high profile Kenyans might show thousands of Kenyans who succumb to the disease without the information making it to the headlines.

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According to Kenya National Cancer Control report cancer causes 7% of total national mortality every year.

“In Kenya, cancer ranks third as a cause of death after infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases. It causes 7% of total national morality every year. Although population based data does not exist in the country, it is estimated that the annual incidence of cancer is about 28,000 cases and the annual mortality to be over 22,000.” Reads the report in part.

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This trend alone should make the government worried considering most ordinary citizens cannot afford cancer treatment.

A survey conducted in 2018 in three cancer centers as reported by Businessdaily the cost of treating cancer is extremely high.

To treat cervical cancer it costs between Sh172,000 and Sh759,000 without surgery and Sh672,000 to Sh1.25million if one undergoes an operation, a



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