Why it’s hard to prevent cancers in children

Source: SDE

BY Joy Wanja Muraya

Saturday, September 19th 2015

NAIROBI: It is a growing concern; our children are exposed to cancer. The month of September has globally been set aside to take stock of cancers in children and advise parents on how to deal with the disease.

They say one in every four cancers reported in Kenya are in a child. Worse, children in Sub-Saharan Africa face fewer chances that their cancer will be detected early enough and treatment given compared to their peers in the developed world.

Prof Jessie Githanga, a doctor who specialises in diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs, estimates that in Kenya, three in 10 children survive cancer, compared to about eight in the developed world. READ MORE

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