THE recently launched Cancerserve Trust foundation an initiative meant to raise funds for cancer prevention and management will go long way in addressing the funding gaps that exist in cancer prevention and mitigation strategies, Deputy Health and Child Care minister, Dr John Mangwiro has said.
Speaking at the official launch of the program, Dr Mangwiro said Zimbabwe was experiencing an increase in cancers of all kinds hence the need for alternative financing models to curb the cancer scourge.
“The incidence of cancer is increasing worldwide, and Zimbabwe has not been spared by this challenge. Globally, it is the second leading cause of death and accounted for 8.2 million deaths in 2012. It is estimated that a million people in Africa will die of cancer by 2030 compared to half a million in 2008.
“The Zimbabwe Cancer Registry Annual report (20150 showed a total of 7, 165 new cancer cases, having doubled from 3,519 cases in 2009. The most common cancers were cervical, prostate, breast and Kaposi’s sarcoma. Cervix, prostate, breast and oesophagus cancers were the leading causes of cancer deaths in Zimbabwe,” said Dr Mangwiro.
He added that there was an increase in childhood cancers of all races with at least 250 childhood cancers having been recorded in 2015, 3.5 percent of all the cancers recorded in 2015.
“Kidney tumours, leukemia, lymphoma, bone and soft tissue sarcomas, retinoblastoma and brain tumours were among the recorded childhood tumours.
“Curability of cancer is dependant6 on the type of cancer and its stage at presentation. Generally, early stage disease is more curable and less costly to manage. Regrettably, currently the majority of cancers in Zimbabwe are diagnosed at advanced stages.”
Cancerserve founder, Dr Anna Nyakabau the initiative had a trust is to raise awareness and establish resources in this worthy cause.
One board trustees member, Dr Lowell Schnipper, who has over 30 years experience in cancer treatment, said he will devote his expertise to reducing cancer calamities.
Cancer prevalence is high in Zimbabwe at over 36 in every 100 000 people compared to around 6 in 100 000 in developed nations. Various cancer ailments include breast, cervical, prostate, colon and cancer of the bone.
People are encouraged to seek education about the disease and go for regular screening.