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32,987 Kenyans die every year from Cancer

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More Kenyans die from cancer annually than Tanzanians or Ugandans, a new survey has found out.

Kenya has the highest number of cancer-related deaths across East Africa with an estimated 40 per cent of cancer –related deaths occurring in the country.

Similarly, Kenya too registers more new cancer cases every year than either Tanzania or Uganda.


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Kenya’s registers 47,887 new cancer cases every year (af.reuters.)

 

The country registers 47,887 new cancer cases every year or 39 per cent of the 122, 564 infections reported across the region, followed by Tanzania with 42,060 and Uganda reporting 32,617 cases, a new data by the World Health Organisation(WHO) has shown.

Cancer kills 32,987 Kenyans, 28,610 Tanzanians and 21,829 Ugandans annually, according to WHO’s Globocan report that analyses new cases among men and women.

The report also found out that in the three countries, females are more vulnerable to getting cancer than their male counterparts.  More women also die from cancer than men, accounting for 56 per cent of deaths.


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Cancer kills 32,987 Kenyans, 28,610 Tanzanians and 21,829 Ugandans annually, according to WHO’s Globocan report. (eatprayblood.)

1n 2017, 60 per cent of all new cancer cases in Kenya and Tanzania were females.

Out of the 13 cancer-types sampled across the region, cancer of the cervix (cervix uteri) was found to be the leading killer in East Africa accounting for 14,282 deaths, nearly double the number of people who died from oesophagus cancer, the second-highest killer while cancer of the bladder is the least killer, accounting for 1,230 deaths annually.

Prostate, breast and Kaposi sarcoma make up the list of the five-leading cancer killers in the three countries.


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In Kenya, Oesophagus cancer is the number one killer with 4,351 deaths reported every year, more than double the number recorded in Uganda.

Tanzania on the other hand had 6,695 deaths or 46 per cent of the total deaths registered in the region last year, according to the report.

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Uganda leads regionally in deaths from Kaposi sarcoma, a type of cancer that mostly affects people with immune deficiencies such as HIV and AIDs. The country registered 2,159 deaths or nearly half of the total 4,485 recorded last year.


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Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), the largest referral facility in Eastern and Central Africa. (Nairobi Wire)

 

Cervical cancer however, remains the biggest killer in Uganda accounting for 4,301 deaths annually.

Over-stretched facilities to serve an increasing number of patients and lack of adequate funding to set up treatment centres remain the major challenges facing the region, according to the report.

Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), the largest referral facility in Eastern and Central Africa, for instance serves not only Kenyans but patients from the neighbouring countries as well.



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Is Orengo charting his path away from Raila?

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History of intense rivalry between him and Opposition leader, alleged sabotage in 2013 and 2017 elections and talk of betrayal ahead of 2022.

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Police Deploy Chopper to Rescue Students Lost in Forest for 4 Days –

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Three students who went missing after a forest adventure in Mt Kenya, Karatina, Nyeri County, were finally rescued on Saturday after four days in the jungle.

Four days without food, the boys told members of the press that they survived by the grace of God.

17-year-old Anthony Muhoro, Jackson Karuri, 17, and David Mukoma Kinyua, 20, went missing on May 4.

Muhoro is a Form Three student at Gitunduti Secondary School, Karuri is also a Form Three but at Ihwagi Secondary School while Kinyua is a student at Nyeri National Polytechnic.

Also found alive were two dogs that were in the company of the three when they were reported missing.

Read: Missing Businesswoman Caroline Wanjiku Maina’s Body Found In A Kajiado Mortuary

The rescue team comprised of police officers who after four days of futile search deployed a National Police Service chopper to locate the students who were on the verge of despair.

In the Saturday search, the Nation reports, the officers teamed up with Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service rangers to comb the forest in search of the students.

In an interview with the local publication, Muhoro revealed that they were hiking when they lost their way back home.

“It was by the grace of God that we survived for four days without food and other necessities. We thought we were going to die and kept praying,” Muhoro said in a phone interview.

Read Also: Missing Thika Millionare Julius Gitau Found Alive – Police

“We literally groped in the dark after losing our way back home. We survived on water and wild fruits since we had not carried any food.”

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According to the student, the trio entered the forest through Ragati gate but couldn’t trace their way home hours later.

“We found ourselves deep into the dense woods. I don’t know how far it was from the edges of the forest but we were exhausted,” he said.

“We could not even tell the time since it was constantly dark. That is when panic set in.”

They could not communicate with anyone back at home as their mobile phones lost signals.

Read Also: Son To Murdered Kiambaa Family Reported Missing

“We started moving in the forest, literary going in circles in a desperate attempt to find our way out,” Muhoro said.

Days later as they moved around the forest with the hope of finding an exit, they ‘miraculously’ met some police officers and forest rangers who alerted the rest of the search team.

Mathira East Police Commander James Baraza, who led the operation, said the trio’s disappearance was reported at Karatina Police Station the same day they went missing and a search operation launched immediately.

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Police in hot pursuit of gang that car-jacked a Ruaka resident – KBC

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The vehicle was found abandoned in Kagongo village, having been vandalized.

Kiambu based detectives are pursuing a dangerous and armed criminal gang that car-jacked a Ruaka resident on Friday, before disappearing with his Toyota Premio as he drove to his residence.

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According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI), the victim had pulled over by the apartment’s gate at Ruaka One River Apartments, unaware that a gang of three assailants was laying in wait for him.

As the gates opened, the driver’s window was suddenly smashed with an iron rod, before two shots were fired in the air from a pistol in an attempt to subdue him.

However, he managed to force his way into the parking lot, but before he could jump out of the car and scamper to safety, the trio caught up with him and roughed him up before grabbing his car keys and phone.

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On receiving the report, DCI detectives based at Kiambaa launched a manhunt for the suspects.

The vehicle was found abandoned in Kagongo village, having been vandalized.

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Its rear and front headlights, side mirrors, all tyres, nose guard, boot and radio had been stolen.

Detectives believe that the three suspects are part of a larger criminal syndicate operating within Kiambu County.

They have been targeting taxi drivers while posing as customers, only to turn against them at isolated places, then vandalize their vehicles.

” Some members of the syndicate have previously been arrested and arraigned in court.” Said the DCI

The DCI has cautioned Kenyans on this trend of crime.

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