Upsurge in cancer cases worries Bunyoro leaders

Among the services they are providing are cancer screening, TB testing, eye checking, and cancer in children, among others.

Hoima: The Uganda Cancer Institute is registering high numbers of cancer patients who are in advanced stages, and this is worrying the country.

Richard Ekwan, the public specialist at the Uganda Cancer Institute, reveals that on a daily basis, they diagnose more than 50 cancer patients.

He stressed that cancer is killing a lot more people in Uganda than any other disease, which is quite alarming.

Ekwan says most cancer patients come to seek treatment when the cancer is now in advanced stages.

He adds that out of 100 people who come to seek treatment at the Uganda Cancer Institute, 40 to 50 patients are diagnosed with cervical cancer, breast cancer, or prostate cancer, which is now very common.

This was disclosed on Friday during the two-day’ free health camp organized by the Lions Club of Hoima Albertine, where hundreds of people turned up for the services held at Kigorobya Health Center IV, with numerous health services being given to the patients.

Among the services they are providing are cancer screening, TB testing, eye checking, and cancer in children, among others.

John Mary Ategeka, president of the Lions Club Hoima Albertine chapter, says as they commemorate glaucoma week, they have decided to extend health services closer to the people.

John Mary Ategeka says glaucoma is a hereditary disease that is very dangerous and causes total blindness.

Ategeka also said HIV and bacterial infections are the main causes of cancer these days, and the reason they decided to choose Kigorobya Health Center IV is because there is a high preference rate for HIV and bacterial infections in the area due to the population.

David Karubanga, the member of parliament representing Kigorobya County, listed things that cause cancer, including eating fatty and oily foods, sleeping with different men for women, and taking too much sugar and alcohol, among others.

Karubanga, while officially opening the health camp, called upon fellow men to go and test for prostate cancer, as he has done. He appreciated partners for sponsoring the health camp, which has helped many get treatment.

People who came to seek medical services thanked Lions Club Hoima Albertine for extending services near them and also helping those who had no money to go to the hospital to get such services.

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