• Question: types of cancers which are common in Kenya? What are the causes of the different types of Cancer? Why are there many cases of cancers recently and how can they be minimized.

    Asked by Barre to Alice, Koko, Paul, Silvia, Tim on 25 May 2018.
    • Photo: Koko Mutai

      Koko Mutai answered on 25 May 2018:

      Leading Cancers:
      Women: Breast (34 per 100,000), Cervical (25 per 100,000)
      Men: Prostate (17 per 100,000), Esophageal (9 per 100,000)

      But you will also find a lot of leukaemias (cancer of the blood) as well as throat cancers and stomach cancers.

      The causes of cancer are genetic, but you can have predisposing factors such as environmental influences such as plastics etc, lifestyle chances especially foods, exposure to harmful radioactive industrial wastes an chemicals

      Recently many people have been diagnosed as opposed to past years because of awareness and the availability of diagnostic tools.
      The best way to minimize cancers is to avoid or minimize on the predisposing factors and also get tested to see if you have a genetic reason and fin ways to prevent cancer