In Summary
  • Breast cancer has 5,985 new cases annually, followed by cervical at 5,250, oesophagus (4,380), prostate (2,864) and colorectal (2,316).
  • The National Cancer Institute is working with devolved governments to promote cancer screening at county and sub-county referral hospitals

You are most likely to die from oesophageal cancer than other types of cancer, a report presented before a parliamentary committee by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) says.

According to the data presented before the Health committee, out of 4,380 new oesophageal cancer cases reported annually, there are 4,351 deaths - meaning only 29 of those affected survive.

This further means that for every 365 people diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in a month, only two survive, a shocking revelation that may now make it one of the deadliest killer type of cancer in the country.

According to the data, breast and cervical cancers form the highest number of new cancer cases while oesophagus, prostate and colorectal cancers follow, respectively, on the new cancer cases in the country.

FATALITIES

Breast cancer has 5,985 new cases annually, followed by cervical at 5,250, oesophagus (4,380), prostate (2,864) and colorectal (2,316).

According to the data, out of 5,985 new cases of breast cancer reported annually, there are 2,553 deaths, cervical cancer has 3,286 recorded deaths, prostate 1,663 deaths while colorectal had 1,466 deaths.

The institute also estimates that there are 3,200 new cancer cases among children below 18 years; with the top five commonest cancers among children being leukaemia (17 percent), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (15 percent), kidney (Wilms tumour) at six percent.

The other two types of cancers common among children include brain and nervous system at five percent, while nasopharynx cancer is number five at 4.5 percent.

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