Medical specialists to carryout cancer screening camp in Dar tomorrow

02Dec 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Medical specialists to carryout cancer screening camp in Dar tomorrow

MEDICAL specialists from Regency Medical Centre (RMC) in partnership with the Indian-based HCG Multi-specialty Hospital are tomorrow expected to conduct cancer-screening camp in Dar es Salaam.

According to a statement issued by RMC, the camp will be held at Regency Specialised Polyclinic for Dialysis and Chemotherapy Services in Dar es Salaam.

“The camp starts on Tuesday from morning up to evening we would like to inform the public about that opportunity so that they use the chance to see specialists for cancer screening,” a  statement reads in part.

The camp will be conducted by Dr Ps Sridhar from India who is a consultant in radiation oncology.

“We encourage those with such problems to take this opportunity to see the specialist who will diagnose and consult them.”

According to Word Health Organisation (WHO), the burden of cancer has been on the increase over the past few decades.

In 2012 alone, 8.2 million people worldwide were estimated to have died from cancer while more than two thirds of these deaths occurred in low- and middle- income countries.

The most common cancers in the African Region are cancers of the cervix, breast, liver and prostate as well as Kaposi's sarcoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The rise in the number of cases of cancer is due to ageing populations and the increasing adoption of risk behaviour such as consumption of unhealthy diets, lack of physical exercise, harmful use of alcohol and tobacco use.

WHO says that in African Region, infections due to human papillomavirus and hepatitis B and C viruses significantly contribute to the burden of the top two cancers, namely cervical and liver cancer respectively.

Many lives can be saved if appropriate investment is made in raising public awareness on the early signs and symptoms of common cancers. In addition people should adopt healthy lifestyles that reduce the risk of cancers.

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