Kakamega County First Lady Launches Cervical Cancer Awareness

The Kakamega County first lady Professor Janet Kassily Barasa launched cervical cancer awareness and screening on Tuesday at Kakamega General Hospital.

Speaking at the County General Hospital, she said that Cervical Cancer is the second most common cancer in the world contributing to half a million new cases and over 300,000 deaths annually.

First lady of Kakamega county Professor Janet Kassily.
PHOTO/COURTESY: Kakamega County first lady Professor Janet Kassily Barasa during the launch of cervical cancer awareness and screening at Kakamega General Hospital.

 In a statement, the first lady of Kakamega noted that cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths contributing to 10 percent of all cancer deaths.

“This accounts for 5,250 (12.9 percent) of the new cancer cases and 3,400 (11.84 percent) of all cancer deaths annually,” said Janet Kassily.

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PHOTO/COURTESY: Kakamega county first lady the third from left at the Kakamega General Teaching and Referral Hospital on Tuesday, January 18, 2023.

Most of these cases occur in African, low, and middle-income Countries she stated.

The 2021 available data at Kakamega County Cancer Center indicates that a total of 1,915 clients were screened for cancer of the cervix and another 1,335 were screened for breast cancer.

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PHOTO/COURTESY: Professor Janet Kassily second from left in one of the cancer treating room at the Kakamega General Hospital.

“In the same year as a county, we lost 5 people to cervical cancer, 3 to breast cancer, another 3 to prostate cancer, and 13 to cancer of the oesophagus,” Kassily added.

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She on the other hand advised people to go for the early test, cervical cancer is the most curable, and called upon the National and County governments, partners, and other Health stakeholders to join hands in creating cervical cancer screening awareness in the country.

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PHOTO/COURTESY: First Lady of Kakamega county Professor Janet Kassily sitting infront second from righthand side during the launching event.

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