Breast Cancer In Learned Ugandans Worries Medics

buy geneva;”>Mulago Referral Hospital senior pathologist, Prof. Henry Wabinga described cancer in the three forms as ‘a disease of the affluent,’ and wondered how smarter people with more access to health information are ones exposed to the catastrophe.

He placed poor health practices like less exercising, consumption of foods with high cholesterol and other unhealthy habits at the central point of the problem.

“Ever since inception of the National Cancer Registry in 1952, prevalence levels have steadily been growing per year and shifting from rural poor to urban and affluent settlements,” he said.

Based in Kyadondo country in central Uganda, the registry has continuously reported breast cancer as superseding all the other forms, with literate women as the major victims.

“Our call for people to substitute the famous chips and chicken with more natural and less fatty foods like fruits and vegetables seem to be falling on deaf ears,” added Wabinga.

Wabinga further noted that the boda boda proliferation is also lending a hand to the problem since most people nowadays are no longer compelled to exercise through walking to work or school even when it’s a stone throw away from their areas of residence.

“Campusers and school going children too are being spoilt with the daily transportation facility, which explains why cancer prevalence is nowadays encroaching further on the younger population.

Speaking at the Breast and Cancer Awareness Conference on Thursday, Dr. Sarah, a paediatrist from Mulago said that most breast cancer cases they handle are brought to their attention at a much more mature age, when most of the damage has been done.


“In spite of our relentless advice to the population about early cancer symptoms detection, most patients come to us at the 4th stage when the breast lump has swollen to bursting and there is less we can do to save the lives,” she said.

She added that even old women in their menopause due to lack of information, mistake bleeding from their genitals – which is a key symptom of cervical cancer – for re-occurrence of menstruation.

“Most of them on noticing the bleeding, they get excited that they have become youthful again and hence do not bother reporting it to their doctors,” asserted Sarah.

Medication of cancer ailments across the country has been made easy unlike in the previous couple of years.

Dr. Carol Onyango, a survivor who lost her right breast to a cancer surgery said that treatment is now much easier and accessible.

“Six years ago when I was diagnosed of the disease, I was admitted to a hospital in Nairobi and had to part with 3 million Uganda shillings monthly for the entire process of chemotherapy, excluding the surgery costs,” she told her story.

“Nonetheless, today most of the chemotherapy and surgery equipment has been made available at the Cancer Institute in Mulago and all medication can be administered free of charge.

For those people afraid of getting their breasts mutilated, we now have several specialists who can carry out plastic surgery at a small cost and most of the drugs we used to import from Europe is also
available free of charge,” she said.

Courtesy of the US Mission Uganda the campaign sought to stimulate awareness amongst the general public as well as assessing the social impacts of cancer aftermaths to the population.

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