First Lady indicates that cancer is among top causes of death in Namibia

WINDHOEK: First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba has indicated that cancer is among the top causes of death in Namibia.

The First Lady announced this yesterday, the second day of the eighth ‘Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa’ conference underway here.

She said cancer joins other non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory illnesses, which are amongst the top 10 diseases and top 15 causes of death in Namibia.

She stated that the burden of reproductive tract cancers namely, cervical, breast and prostate have been increasing in Namibia, adding that breast cancer and cervical cancer are the most common types of cancers. Prostate cancer is now also proving to be challenging.

The First Lady indicated that the Namibian Government has made progress in the capacity building of health workers in screening for cervical cancer and breast cancer through pap smears and breast examination at health facilities.

She also she noted that the Health Ministry is in the process of introducing Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination for young girls.

The vaccine helps to prevent HPV, which causes most cervical cancer.

The conference was organised by the Office of the First Lady under the theme ‘Moving forward to end cervical cancer by 2030: Universal access to Cervical Cancer Prevention’.