CAN take on national outreach programme

03 Feb 2017 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) – The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) on Friday launched a national outreach programme to educate the public on the disease.
The programme under the theme ‘We can. I can. Fight childhood cancer’ encourages a healthy lifestyle.
During a media conference, CAN Chief Executive Officer, Rolf Hansen said the programme will kick off in the Hardap Region and continue to the Zambezi and Kavango East regions because the most cancer cases were recorded there.
Hansen noted that 40 000 to 50 000 people in Namibia are diagnosed with sun cancer, which is the most prevalent one, as well as cancer of the lungs, breasts, prostate and bowel.
Contributing factors include smoking, excessive alcohol intake and high stress.
He said immunodeficiency forms of cancer suppress the immune system due to viral infections such as HIV/Aids.
CAN on Friday also launched an educational book on the disease, which will be introduced in schools.
He advised the public to make use of the book and to speak about cancer to share information.
“We should talk more freely about it and learn from each other to help prevent and detect the disease earlier,” he said.
World Cancer Day is observed on 04 February to create awareness of the disease.