By KBC Reporter.
First lady Margaret Kenyatta is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the 10th edition of the Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer Conference which shall commence today at the African Union Commission headquarters.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta who is the current chairperson of the African First Ladies forum, is expected to hand-over to her Ethiopian counterpart, Roman Tesfaye as she hosts the current conference.
The three-day conference is expected to discuss a range of issues over the rampant cancer-related deaths across Africa , progress and innovative approaches to improve coverage and quality of cervical cancer prevention services based on lessons learnt from country programs and also map out strategies for the next decade to stop breast cancer in Africa .
Other issues expected to be discussed include, focus on special attention on access to medicine, diagnostics and treatment as well as training and capacity building in Africa for experts to tackle the disease.
Cancer is the third leading cause of death in Kenya, after infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases with a recent study showing that a total of 38,544 (15,878 male and 22,666 female) new cases of cancer are estimated to have been diagnosed in Kenya in 2012 whereas a total of 26,941 cancer-related-deaths occurred in the same period.
Approximately 4800 cases and 2450 reproductive-cancer deaths are reported with breast cancer having an equally high burden with an estimated number of 4465 new cases and 1969 deaths being reported annually.
The Vice-chairperson of the Parliamentary Service Commission and former Minister for Public Health and Sanitation Nominated senator Beth Mugo, is among those listed to give personal testimonies about their struggle with cancer and how to defeat the disease.