Namibia commemorates World Cancer Day

04 Feb 2018 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 04 FEB (NAMPA) - The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) wants to see a reduction in cancer diagnoses and better treatment of cancer patients.
This was revealed by CAN Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rolf Hansen, during the commemoration of the World Cancer Day on Sunday here on Sunday, where a prayer session was held.
World Cancer Day is commemorated on 04 February annually.
Hansen said CAN is joining global leaders such as the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce cancer diagnoses by 25 per cent by 2025.
“It is achievable and attainable if we all take hands and live for awareness, education, screening and early diagnostics,” noted Hansen.
He explained that the National Cancer Outreach Program of CAN is a vehicle which mobilises them as a community to go out and create awareness and do screenings.
Hansen thus called on the international community and the Ministry of Health and Social Services to advocate and take a stand saying, “The time to bring people into the cities for diagnostics and treatment has passed.”
He further appealed to the public, private sector and everyone who wants to build a healthy nation to support their programs.
“So we go out into the regions and take follow Namibians by the hand and bring them to clinics and to places where they can be educated and screened,” stated Hansen.
Hansen also urged primary health official to start learning and knowing about cancer so that when a patients go to them, they are not misdiagnosed.
Sharing similar sentiments was Christy Kavetuna, a nurse at CAN, who mentioned that they have noticed that in most cases in Namibia, the people are diagnosed when they are in stage 3 to 4 when the cancer is already advanced.
“I tried on few cases to go back to the health passport to see if the patient has been to a health facility and you could see that the patient has gone to the health facility on time in some cases but was diagnosed with another form of disease,” she explained.
According to Kavetuna a little over 3 300 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and over 3 580 people in 2015.
The event was attended by cancer survivors, nurses, doctors and other members of the public.