CAN trains nurses in Kavango regions on cancer screening

16 Mar 2017 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 16 MAR (NAMPA) - The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) recently trained 15 nurses and student nurses at the Nkarapamwe Clinic in Rundu as part of its programme on cancer screening.
It forms part of CAN’s National Cancer Outreach Programme.
Rolf Hansen, CAN’s chief executive officer (CEO), said in media statement issued here on Wednesday.
“Education is the key to success and equipping you, our primary health care practitioners in Namibia, with the needed skills and knowledge to fight cancer remains one of our core objectives,” he said.
The outreach programme in the Kavango East and Kavango West regions, Hansen explained, impacted the lives of communities in Rundu and the Mupini village.
The training from Sunday to Tuesday focussed on pap smears, breast examinations and prostate cancer screenings.
The CEO said a multidisciplinary approach is needed to fight cancer and therefore, there is need to equip primary health care providers with the skills necessary to create awareness on lifestyle changes that can support the war on cancer.
Hansen pointed out that the two Kavango regions and the Zambezi are most affected by cervical cancer, while lymphoma cancers and Kaposi sarcomas are very common due to the high HIV prevalence rate there.
Lymphoma is cancer that begins with infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. Kaposi sarcoma is a cancer that develops from the cells that line lymph or blood vessels.
“The Cancer Association of Namibia aims to impact as many lives as possible through the outreach programmes by hosting community clinics,” he said.
The National Cancer Outreach Programme will be in the //Kharas Region during April 2017.