Breast cancer survivor

Launch of Breast Cancer Action Plan

The Ministry of Health (MoH) will tomorrow, Friday, 22nd October 2021, proudly launch the Breast Cancer Action Plan (2021-2025) at Nakuru Level 5 Hospital. This is specially being done during the Breast Cancer awareness month, which is marked annually in October, to raise awareness of the critical importance of breast self-examination and screening, for early detection and timely treatment to save life.

The implementation of this Breast Cancer action plan will be a joint collaborative, multi-sectoral effort of partners, government at both National and County, Civil society, Health professionals, Communities and other key stakeholders.

Globally, cancer incidence and mortality continue to rise with female breast cancer surpassing lung cancer as the leading cause of global cancer incidence in 2020. There were an estimated 2.3 million new breast cancer cases, representing 11.7% of all cancer cases. In Kenya, Breast Cancer remains the most diagnosed cancer with an annual incidence of 6,000 and 2,500 cancer-related deaths. The problem is compounded by late-stage presentation of clients. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID -19) pandemic has further exacerbated this due to its disruption on the healthcare system. The pandemic has been particularly disruptive for cancer services across the country.

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