Cases of cancer in Zimbabwe continue to rise, and the battle to fight such has been affected by lack of enough resources. The country is recording an average of 6000 new cases of cancer annually.

The high number of new cases that are being receive has compelled Government to collaborate with the National Aids Council in the collective fight against the lethal disease. Health Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa revealed the high number of cancer cases being recorded in Parliament. For women, cancer of the cervix and cancer of the breast are the most common and the most deadly while for men prostate cancer and Kaposi Sarcoma do the most damage.

Dr Parirenyatwa said that the Government is doing all it can to fight the disease. The fight against cancer has been incorporated into the current structures that the National Aids Council employs in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Structures such as the Provincial Action Plans, the DACs (District Aids Councils) and the WACs (Ward Aids Committees) have been used also in the fight against cancer. The same way that information is diseminated to parts in the rural areas for HIV/AIDS is the same way being used for the fight against cancer too.

Dr Parirenyatwa said that early detection is one of the easy ways to save lives that may be ravaged by cancer. He also bemoaned the fact that in spite of all these measures being effected, there is still a shortage of resources for the provision of radiology cancer treatment.He said that the resources were few but also commended the little progress that has been made in Zimbabwe and in other parts of Africa as well.

The fight against cancer in the country is a serious one, and the more resources aee channelled towards the fight, the more lives that can be saved. The progress currently being achieved by government is laudable, although there are calls for more and more action to be done in order to save more lives.


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