Cancer cases reach alarming levels in Meru

An Immuno Chemistry Machine purchased at the Meru Refferal Hospital that is currently being used to detect cancer markers. Media - Image - Photo Desk Date: Nov 12 2015
An Immuno Chemistry Machine purchased at the Meru Refferal Hospital that is currently being used to detect cancer markers. Media - Image - Photo Desk Date: Nov 12 2015

159 new different cancer cases have been detected in two constituencies in Meru county.

Out of the 307 men examined,

76 of them were found to be suffering from prostate cancer.

Speaking at Kiirua in Buuri

sub-County,

Meru governor’s wife phoebe Munya said

Igembe South leads with the highest number of cases followed by Imenti Central and

Buuri sub-counties.

In Imenti Central, 1675 women were screened

for

cervical cancer, out of which 28 had the disease whereas among 1743

examined for breast cancer 8 showed symptoms.

“We have examined thousands but the challenge is

to

men because they do not turn out for examination in large numbers as the women,” she said.

She added that only four cases were beyond the third and fourth stages but they were transferred to Meru hospice for palliative care in the facility.

The Cancer screening program is being carried out in all the 45 Wards of Meru County and those who are found with the symptoms are taken to Meru level five hospitals for further analysis and medication.

She said people should not be ashamed of being screened as this is the only way to detect and treat the disease before it advances.

Ms. Munya said that several hospitals in the

county

have been equipped with medical practitioners to assist carry out the exercise.