By Juma Nsubuga
As the world prepares to mark the internal day on cancer slated for Friday this week,Ministry of Health together with development partners have launched a massive campaign geared at fighting cancer among women in the country.The campaign targets over 40,000 women .
Speaking at the launch of the programmee the state minister for health in charge of general duties, Sarah Kataike called upon women to go for early screening in health facilities.
The Director Marie Stopes Uganda, John Cooper decried the huge death burden caused by cancer among Ugandan women every year yet the disease is preventable. He challenged all stake holders to take up arms towards fighting the disease.
Relatedly the Ag. Prog manager non communicable diseases prevention and control at the ministry, Dr. Gerald Mutungi highlighted the gravity of the disease to the nation.
He said that women between the age 30-39 are at high risk of contracting the disease, tobacco contributes 22% to the cause of the disease, with 63% death are as a result of non communicable diseases with low and medium developing countries accounting for 80% global death of the disease adding that only 10% of Ugandans visit health facilities for check up and treatment.