In Kenya, cancer is the 3rd leading killer lifestyle disease after infectious and cardiovascular diseases.
In 2012, the National Assembly passed a bill that seeks to establish Cancer Care Centres in all the 47 counties which have not been implemented. This, if it happens would have improved treatment of cancer; lessening cancer-related deaths.
Many health experts expressed their concern on the need of creating public awareness so that the number of late cancer detection is greatly reduced in the country.
Interestingly, four in five cancer cases are diagnosed at later stage due to societal myths and lack of cognizance associated with the non-communicable disease.
A chemotherapy costs between Kshs 10,000 and 82,000 per session at Kenyatta National Hospital for 6 to 8 sessions.
At a private health facility, the same treatment goes for Kshs 35,000 and Kshs 500,000.
A radiotherapy session at Kenyatta National Hospital goes for Kshs 500 and the patients is supposed to have 30 continuous days of treatment or even more.
For the treatment of cancer, the country has only four radiology centres based in Nairobi and it is only one that is available at public health facility
According to the Institute of Economic Affairs, 39 Kenyans died as a result of cancer in 2016, an increase of 33 in the past 10 years and it is expected that by 2026, the rate could double 64 per 100,000 without properly addressing the epidemic.
The stakeholders expects the government to move swiftly in reducing the impact of the ailments by providing better equipment to the public health institutions for the common citizens who cannot afford the private facility services.