Stanbic Donates US$20 000 For Chemo Drugs Procurement

STANBIC has extended a US$20 0000 donation to the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe (CAZ) which will go towards the purchase of chemotherapy drugs for cancer patients. By Michael Gwarisa The donation comes at a time Zimbabwe is facing foreign currency woes to purchase drugs for various ailments including cancer drugs. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Stanbic Bank board member, Mr Kingstone Kamba said the central bank had prioritised the issue of drugs purchases at this critical time. “According to the report from the association, our contribution from last year assisted…

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NAC Gears Up For Cancer/HIV Tournament

THE National Aids Council (NAC) says preparations for the second edition of the Cancer and HIV prevention cancer Golf Tournament to be held in the Harare from August 15 to 17 2018, were at an advanced stage. HealthTimes Speaking to healthtimes, NAC spokesperson, Tadiwa Pfupa said all was now in place for the tournament which is now in its second year running following the successful hosting of the inaugural edition which saw armatures and seasoned golfers taking turns on the field. Proceeds from the tournament will go towards raising funds…

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KidzCan Donates Family Lounge To Pari Pediatric Cancer Ward

IN a move set to boost moral and survival rate for child cancer patiants, pediatric  cancer focused Non Governmental Organisation, KidzCan has handed over a modernised family lounge to Parirenyatwa pediatric cancer Ward which will act as a haven for mothers whose children will be admitted. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the handover ceremony, Parirenyatwa Director Operations, Mr Edson Mundenda said the move by Kidzcan has come at a time when the need for a proper and comfortable waiting lounge was huge. “What you see here is just a glimpse…

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Not Enough People With HIV Receive Proper Cancer Treatment

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has issued new guidelines for treating this population. People living with HIV not only have a higher rate of cancer compared with the general population, but they are also less likely to be treated for those malignancies. Recognizing this threat to the health and longevity of the HIV population, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has issued new guidelines on treating cancer among them. “The disparity in cancer care is large and significant,” said Gita Suneja, MD, of the Duke Cancer Institute and the cochair…

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KidzCan Honors Childhood Cancer Survivors

KIDZCAN, a local organization which deals with childhood cancer cases in Zimbabwe has applaud childhood cancer survivors for their resilience in fighting cancer. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during the launch Orange Week which marks celebrations for children living with cancer, Kidzcan Executive Director, Daniel Mckenzie said Kidzcan had over the years exhibited resilience in supporting children living with cancer. “As we stand in solidarity with international childhood cancer day, we acknowledge that childhood cancer in Zimbabwe as in the rest of low medium countries claims more lives. Statistics have shown…

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Cancer Kills More Women Than Men In Zim

MORE women died from cancer related illnesses over the past two years compared to their male counterparts, as cancer continues to wreak havoc in Zimbabwe, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has said. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing delegates during the World Cancer Day celebrations in Marondera, Health Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said at least 1 11 1 women (53%) died of cancer while 951 men (46.1 %) succumbed to the disease bringing the total figure of cancer mortality to 2 062  in 2016. “The most frequent occurring caners among…

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#BREAKING: Cancer To Be Funded Separately

GOVERNMENT is in the process of setting up stand alone funding for Cancer in a bid to intensify efforts to combat the scourge of caner related Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which have resulted in loss of lives. By Michael Gwarisa According to statistics, at least 7 000 new cases of cancer are recorded every year in Zimbabwe, resulting in 1 500 deaths. Moreover, 60 percent of these cancers are associated with HIV. Speaking to HealthTimes on the sidelines of the Universal Health Coverage  (UHC) Celebrations, Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation…

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Zambia Cancer Hospital Charms Zim Parliamentarians

By Michael Gwarisa  ZAMBIA’s Cancer Diseases Hospital (CDH) which was established in July 2007 after a Presidential Declaration for the provision of free treatment of cancer to all Zambian citizens has charmed Zimbabwe which is also battling a huge cancer burden. Briefing a Parliamentary session yesterday, Gokwe Gumunyu legislator, Melania Mahiya applauded Zambia for putting up such a facility as well as prioritising the fight against cancer. “Due to the rapid increase in the number of cancer patients, there has been significant scaling up of capacities and support in cancer…

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Oral Sex With 5 or More Partners Could Up Your Risk of HPV

While oral sex has many, many upsides, it’s actually one of the most common ways human papillomavirus (HPV) is spread. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that can increase your chance of throat cancer, depending on which strain you contract. Now, further research shows that the risk of HPV is higher in men who regularly smoke cigarettes and have multiple sexual partners. A new study published in the Annals of Oncologylooked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which had data from 13,089 people ages 20-69 who participated in it…

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President Mugabe Worried Over Rising Cancers

By Michael Gwarisa PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe says the increase in non-communicable diseases  in most African countries was a cause for concern and urged governments to develop homegrown solutions to health issues affecting the continent. Officially opening the 67th edition of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee meeting today in Victoria Falls, President Mugabe said there was a worrying increase in Non-communicable diseases and new infections and there was need to act fast. “As Africa, we now face a double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases, in most of these…

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