Globeathon 2017

Time To Step Up

Globeathon is a movement by people from all over the world working to raise awareness for, and ultimately increase early detection and prevention of gynaecological cancers.globeathon2017

Globeathon Kenya is hosted by Women 4 Cancer since 2013. Our cancer walk embodies the passion, strength, action and voice needed to make a difference in Kenya!

On Sunday, 1st October 2017, at Karura Forest. People from all over Kenya will be walking to #BeatCancerKE. In its 5th Year running, we are targeting 2,000 Participants from across Kenya. Buy a T-shirt at Kshs. 1000/- Adults, and 800/- for Children.

This year alone, more than 38,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Kenya. We invite you to join thousands others on this journey as we walk to raise funds to facilitate cancer screening for 1Million women in rural Kenya.

STEP UP! For the women that we love. Raising funds and awareness will bring us one step closer to our goal.

Every sponsor counts. Every team counts. Every person counts. Every shilling counts. Every Step Counts. With only Kshs. 1000/-, you can make a difference.

N/B: Walk collection material is at all Lancet Kenya branches.



Cancer Awareness Walk and Screening at Queen of Apostles Thika Road

Cancer Awareness Centre of Kenya (CACK) have organized a Cancer Awareness and Screening event at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church Opposite Safaripark Hotel on Saturday 19th November 2016 from 7.00am. The event will involve;
1) Cancer Awareness Walk along the Superhighway
2) Free Screening for reproductive Cancers (Cervical, Prostate and Breast).
3) Cancer education and nutritional talks.
4) Cancer survivors counseling and support.
5) Vitals Checkups (Blood pressure, BMI)
6) Other diseases checkup and diagnosis (ENT, Dental, Lab tests)

There are a number of possible ways that you can show support for this event; by providing us with financial, material, personnel or volunteer support of your time or expertise, or provide facilities for screening and testing. Please contact Margaret on 0722809878, Boniface on 0722990604 or Email:

KENCANSA Calls on Striking Nurses and Other Stakeholders to Solve Crisis

STATEMENT from the Executive Director Deborah Olwal – Modi.                                                                                        By Kencasa
Alive to the ongoing Nurses Strike in the country, aware of the critical and very significant role that nurses play in the healthcare systems, concerned about the dialogue and negotiations of the nurses, national government and the council of governors, saddened by the pain and suffering of many patients across the country, the Kenya Cancer Association[1] (KENCANSA) wishes to call upon the nurses, the national government and the council of governors to awake to the plight, pain and suffering of patients in our hospitals.

Cognizant of the nurses’ demands and the position of the national government and council of governors. KENCANSA calls upon all stakeholders to think of the patients first and remember that the patients are the most important constituents in the healthcare system. Without patients there is no healthcare cause. Without patients, there is no meaning to healthcare. Patients are the center of Healthcare.

Noting that patients have historically borne the brunt of such industrial action and stalemates, we cannot afford to take patients down that path again. Doctors may prescribe medication and do much but the efficient health systems need the nurses. Administering critical medicine like chemotherapy for example with cancer patients cannot happen without nurses. We do appreciate the very important role that nurses have played in improving the healthcare system and cannot downplay their contribution in making a difference in the lives of many Kenyans and their families.

We are still recovering from the effects of the doctors’ strike and disrupting patients’ treatment cycles will affect the journey towards optimum health and recovery for patients. For Patients Sake, we call for expedited talks among the nurses, the national government and council of governors. Let us not add pain and suffering to the patients. We commend the nurses at the Kenyatta National Hospital for continuing to offer their services during this period but they risk being overwhelmed if the strike is not addressed quickly.

Cancer Screening at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church Thika Road Nairobi 2017

Coming up…

Cancer Awareness Centre of Kenya (CACK) have organized a Cancer Awareness and Screening event at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church Opposite Safaripark Hotel on Saturday 18th November 2017 from 7.00am. The event will involve;
1) Free Screening for reproductive Cancers (Cervical, Prostate and Breast).
2) Cancer education and nutritional talks.
3) Cancer survivors counseling and support.
4) Vitals Checkups (Blood pressure, BMI)
5) Other diseases checkup and diagnosis (ENT, Dental, Lab tests)

There are a number of possible ways that you can show support for this event; by providing us with financial, material, personnel or volunteer support of your time or expertise, or provide facilities for screening and testing. Please contact Margaret on 0722 809 878, Boniface on 0722990604 or Email:

About the Network (KENCO)

The Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations represents community-based cancer organizations active in cancer awareness, education, screening, prevention and patient support in Kenya. See the Network Directory section for a full list of Network partner organizations.

The objectives of the Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations are:

  1. To promote cancer awareness and the exchange of information and expertise through the networking of cancer organizations across the country;
  2. To serve as a unified advocacy body supporting the efforts of Network partner organizations in their engagement with the public and the Government on issues relating to cancer control;
  3. To maintain a calendar of activities to foster strategic collaboration and minimize duplication;
  4. To develop links locally and internationally with cancer and non-communicable diseases organizations and government agencies for the benefit of Network partner organizations;
  5. To foster opportunities for training of Network partner organizations in various aspects of cancer;
  6. To do all such other things and activities as may be incidental to or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives.

    Starting in early 2012, a group of community based cancer awareness and patient support groups started discussions about how to come together in the fight against cancer in Kenya. On February 8, 2013, one week after World Cancer Day 2013, the Kenya Network of Cancer Organizations (KENCO) was launched.

The first stakeholder meeting brought together sixteen representatives from ten cancer organizations, with specialization in cancer prevention, palliative care, patient support, community outreach and advocacy. Through word-of-mouth, the Network has expanded to eighteen [18] community-based cancer organizations. The Network meets on a quarterly basis, and there is a vibrant online forum for member organizations to share ideas and exchange information relevant to fighting cancer in Kenya.

On February 7, 2014 KENCO ratified the first Constitution to unite civil society cancer organizations in Kenya. KENCO seeks to strengthen the alliances between its Network partners, as well as to partner with Ministry of Health, private sector partners and like-minded organizations and individuals in Kenya and abroad, who come together in the fight against cancer.

October – Breast Cancer Month

October is breast awareness Month – Please go for screening!!!

Breast Cancer Awareness month is commemorated on October every year. KENCO organisations have been conducting Cancer Awareness campaigns and screening programs to sensitize the community on early detection strategy of Cancer and other related terminal diseases. This has been very successful as many people have benefited from these activities through early detection, diet interventions, physical fitness and healthy lifestyles.

Over the decade, Cancer cases have risen gradually mainly due to lack of awareness and poverty level as most patients cannot afford treatment. Even for those who can afford, it is eating away their finances and investments. Breast and cervical cancer has adversely affected women while prostate cancer has been the greatest killer in men. The country has lost prominent personalities and is now a global threat.

Following current statistics, Cancer is the 3rd highest cause of death in Kenya. 70-80% of cancer cases in Kenya are late diagnosed due to lack of awareness along with inadequate resources for treatment. Breast cancer is the leading cancer in women with incidence of 34 per 100,000 followed by cervical cancer-25 per 100,000 cases. Globally 1 in every 8 women is diagnosed. However, the survival rates have increased over time with early screening and detection

People shy away from clinical screening and mostly due to time, cost and lack of health awareness hence the increase in the menace. The benefit of screening is to increase chances of early detection and an opportunity for early medical intervention. If awareness is emphasized, Cancer can be eradicated to the minimal. The community must be sensitized more about cancer in order to save lives.

As KENCO family, we request your support in any way as we pool together for a cancer free society and will go a long way in enlightening the communities about cancer and other lifestyle diseases through facilitation of Cancer Awareness, Screening exercise, Screening apparatus, logistics and Awareness publications like print and electronic media


Trauma Informed Mind Body Program (TIMBo)

The Trauma Informed Mind Body (TIMBo) program addresses the issue of chronic stress and trauma by targeting the foundational root causes of stress and traumatic stress in the body. Chronic stress and traumatic stress are worldwide epidemics leading to many psychological, behavioral, social and medical problems. The TIMBo program is an accessible and effective intervention for improved mental, emotional, social and physical health that can be refined to serve many different communities that face these issues.

By the time we are adults, most of us have experienced chronic stress or traumatic life events. Sometimes our emotions get stuck on “high” and are easily triggered. Or we may try to shut off some of our emotions altogether. Stress and trauma can build up in our bodies, causing emotions to get lodged there and blocking us from our own inner experiences. We may have symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or other stress responses, all of which can limit us or reduce our ability to make good choices about our health, habits, relationships, and behaviors.

The TIMBo program explores how and where emotions manifest in the body, and combines simple yoga-like movements, relaxation breathing, and guided meditation to help balance the nervous system and integrate new insights.

Faraja will be hosting a TIMBo seminar on Thursday 17th March from 10am to 11am at the wellness center. The seminar will be conducted by trained therapist Elizabeth Whelan.

We have limited slots available, book your space today by either replying to this email or calling 0727529287.

Also note there is no parking available at Cancer care and participants are requested to park at MP Shah Hospital.


cancerfree1Africa Cancer Foundation would like to invite you this weekend to the #cruiseforcancer event that will be taking place on Saturday, November 14th from 9-11 am at the Good Shepherd Church along Ngong Road.

This is a team up campaign organized by The Tin Roof Foundation, K-Krew Trust Colour my World, Africa Cancer Foundation and Joe Aketch Foundation; among others, to raise funds for Mikkel and Merlyn and by extension the children with Cancer in the Kenyatta National Hospital.


Team Up is the campaign for Team M2 (Team Mikkel and Merlyn) sponsored by Tin Roof FoundationK-Krew Trust and Africa Cancer Foundation to raise the necessary funds for the cancer treatment and aftercare of 2 ½ year old Mikkel and 15 year old Merlyn.  To join this activity, we are asking you to build a Team from your family, co-workers, sports team, motorcycle club, church group, university or any other group of people, to Team Up for Mikkel and Merlyn and to be a part of their story of beating cancer.


Mikkel is a 2 1/2 year old little boy from the Ongata Rongai area of Nairobi.  He was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma at four months old but due to lack of adequate treatment his condition has progressed to Neuroblastoma.  Due to the generosity of the friends of Tin Roof Foundation, Mikkel is currently a patient at the Max Super Speciality Hospital in India, but funds have run out and his treatment has stopped.  If he does not receive the treatments the doctors have said his chances of survival are very low.


Merlyn is a 15 year old girl from Nairobi who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Lymphoma.  Due to proper treatment not being available in Kenya, her parents arranged for her treatment in India.  Merlyn spent December 2014 – July 2015 receiving aggressive treatment in India.  After her return to Kenya the cancer has returned. Her parents used all their finances to fund her December – July treatment and have nothing left for the next round of treatment that is desperately needed.  The doctors have stated that she needs to return to India by the end of November 2015 in order to halt the cancer from spreading.

During the event you may bring your donations in the form of cash, Stationery or toiletries for the children.

More information may be found at

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Eating your way to disease and early death

There is an adage in the cancer community that any public lecture on cancer must have a generous serving of food, politics, and science.

Cancer survivors in any public forum always demand to be told which foods gave them cancer while the public wants to know which foods cause cancer.

Though we cannot pinpoint one single food item and say it is responsible for all cancers, there is unequivocal evidence that unhealthy foods and drinks are among the key lifestyle drivers of the rising cases of non-communicable diseases.

Policies and practices that promote healthy eating from infancy to adulthood should, therefore, be prioritised, although legislation on the advertisement, distribution, and sale of some of the unhealthy food products is largely lacking due to political lethargy and vested interests.

The growing Kenyan middle class has adopted peculiar eating habits that exclude vegetables, yet there is clear evidence that diets high in fruits and vegetables — as well as whole grains and beans — decrease the risk for some cancers, notably those of the bowel.

The meat-based diets favoured by the moneyed lot, especially nyama choma and processed meats such as hot dogs and sausages, are associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, according to the just-released World Health Organization expert panel report.

These foods should be consumed in moderate amounts and certainly not in the quantities that Kenyans consume every weekend.


The copious amount of alcohol, which our nyama choma weekend binge eaters use to wash down their indulgences, is a known risk factor for several cancers.

Shisha and related tobacco products, all loaded with potent carcinogens, usually complete the party that leads to disease, disability, and death.

The young are not left behind in this unhealthy eating frenzy.

They indulge in carbonated drinks full of refined sugar.

The soft drinks industry has always pushed a subtle message that it is not diet but lack of exercise that is to blame for obesity and unhealthy lifestyles.

Children and youth in the emerging markets of the developing countries are a particularly vulnerable target of aggressive and relentless marketing by multinational food and fizzy drinks companies.

The mother of all public health advocacy coups would be legislation requiring all soda cans and bottles to have warning labels that sugar causes obesity, among other health problems.


Perhaps sausages and other processed meats should also carry some disclosure of the cancer risks.

This would definitely invite drawn-out court battles, injunctions, and counter-injunctions.

The way to promote healthy choices is to package science-based public health messaging on established lifestyle risk factors — such as obesity, inactivity, tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diets — in a way that is attractive to the youth.

Goal number three of the recently adopted Sustainable Developments Goals seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being for all at all ages.

There is no shortcut to achieving this particular goal: physical activity and a deliberate effort to change our eating habits will be a good start.

Source: Daily Nation Article by; David Makumi