World Cancer Day February 4, 2011
Kampala February 4, 2011 Stakeholders in the fight against cancer in Uganda converged at a breakfast dialogue at Protea Hotel Kampala to commemorate world cancer day. Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organisation (UWOCASO) planned and coordinated the preparations and activities of the day. Due to increasing incidence and mortality of cancer in Uganda UWOCASO saw it necessary to bring together all stakeholders and partners in order to forge an alliance for cancer prevention and control in Uganda.
In his key note address Dr.Saweka Joaquim the Uganda Country Representative of WHO, informed participants that as far back as 2004, cancer became the leading cause of death accounting for 7.4 million deaths which represented 13% of all deaths worldwide. WHO projects that an estimated 12 million cancer-related deaths will occur in the year 2030. The main types of cancer leading to overall cancer mortality each year include lung cancer, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, liver cancer, breast and cancer of the cervix.
He also mentioned that available evidence indicates that more than 30% of cancer could be prevented by modifying or avoiding the following risk factors including tobacco use, being overweight or obese, low fruit and vegetable intake, physical inactivity; alcohol use; sexually transmitted Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection; urban air pollution; and indoor smoke from household use of solid fuels.\r\nHe commended the organizers for bringing cancer to the attention of key stake holders because fighting cancer needs a concerted effort.
The dialogue meeting was our landmark event for partnership and networking with Ministry of Health, WHO, Professionals from National referral hospital, Patient Advocates, corporate organizations, civil societies and community leaders. See detailed report……….