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Prostate cancer to be main cause of cancer deaths by end of 2022: Hansen

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With an Age Standardised Rate (ASR) of 66.8 per 100,000 (66.8/100 000) persons, prostate cancer will be the main cause of cancer mortality in Namibia by the end of 2022, followed by Breast Cancer at 57.6/100 000 and Cervical Cancer […]

With an Age Standardised Rate (ASR) of 66.8 per 100,000 (66.8/100 000) persons, prostate cancer will be the main cause of cancer mortality in Namibia by the end of 2022, followed by Breast Cancer at 57.6/100 000 and Cervical Cancer at 37.4/100,000.

This was said by Rolf Hansen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN), on Monday during the inauguration of the 22nd Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project.

Hansen said, while Namibia has a much smaller population than South Africa and Zimbabwe, it has an ASR cancer incidence rate of 198.3/100,000, South Africa has an ASR of 209.5/100,000 and Zimbabwe, has a population count of 200.4/100,000.

A more direct example of a population and geographical setting similar to Namibia is Botswana, with their incidence rate of 109.5/100,000 vs Namibia’s 198.3/100,000, he added.

He stated that cancer incidence and mortality rates are rising throughout Africa, with a projected 1.1 million new cases and 711,429 fatalities recorded, due to neoplasms in 2020. The overall cancer burden in Africa is expected to rise to 2.1 million new cases and 1.4 million deaths by the end of 2040.

“Africa, and Namibia in particular, is experiencing significant improvements in population health, as evidenced by declining infant mortality rates, falling HIV/AIDS fatality rates, and rising life spans, thanks to the dedication and efforts of the Ministry of Health and Social Services and focused partners,” he stated.

The CEO further said that in order to address this massive burden CAN has created a number of support and screening programmes over the years. “While cancer awareness and education are our formal core duties, the fight against cancer is multifaceted, and a multidisciplinary approach is required regardless of title and position,” he said.

Hansen went on to say that the day of individualism, silo-mentality, and divide between private, public, corporate, and general people has ended, mainly after Covid-19, which has put many in grave financial straits and jobless, without private medical insurance.

Therefore, the National Cancer Outreach Programme of CAN continues to break down barriers and save the lives of Namibians, having screened 2,295 men and women throughout the country to date, he concluded.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

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