Langata Hospital has raised awareness on the need to remember October as Breast Cancer Awareness even as the Country deals with COVID-19.
In a statement the hospital emphasis that early detection of breast cancer is the cornerstone to control it, and if done so early, there is a good chance to cure it, with adequate diagnosis and treatment.
The Hospital says there is need to sensitize Kenyans on cancer, a disease that most commonly affects women worldwide.
Hospital Director Dr. A. S. Matharu said they have been hosting the Breast Cancer Awareness month since 2016, and will this year offer free BMI Checks, nutritional advice, Free HIV testing and counselling as well as any referral service for further management, if need arises.
Matharu said additional testing for Pap smear, PSA levels for men and blood sugar levels will be conducted at subsidized charges.
“It remains our mission to provide the very best medical services, at an affordable cost to the residents of Langata and its environs. The free medical camps we conduct at the hospital are a service to the community around us,” he said.
Since August, the Hospital has hosted a World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) camp distributing supplements at the Mothers and Child Wellness Clinic as well as a Diabetic Medical Camp which offered free diabetic screening, blood pressure, and BMI, Eye checkup and free cataract surgery.
Matharu says the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.
Statistics indicate that there are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008).
Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries.