Starch, fats account for cancer high rate
TANZANIANS have been reminded to change their life styles and eat balanced diets instead of starch and fats as these foods contribute to the high rate of cancer patients in the country.
Statistics released recently by the Tanzania Social Outreach Initiative (TASOI), show that in every 100,000 Tanzanians, between 30,000 and 44,000 cancer cases are reported each year.
“Until now people don’t have the tendency of going for cancer check up every year which is unhealthy and dangerous for their lives and most of the affected victims are women between age 25 and 45who are at reproductive age stage,” said Dr Walter Shoo, a Cancer Specialist at Ocean Road Hospital.
He said Tanzania has a big shortage of cancer clinics, thus most patients are being brought to Ocean Road Hospital when at critical stage.
“People should know that this disease has no specific signs when at early stage, so if it happens one starts having some signs including non stop bleeding for women, they suffer to death,” he said. TASOI Secretary Belinda Mlingo told The African that there is need for the Government and health stakeholders to ensure that people are educated on the disease.
She said according to statistics, each year the rate of cancer patients increases and currently Ocean Road Hospital attends about 4,000 to 5,000 patients suffering from cervical cancer, and 1,600 to 3,000 suffer from breast cancer and more than 1,000 attend prostate cancer clinic.
“Prostate cancer affects mostly men between 55 years to 70 and this is caused by eating much red meat, fatty foods and also can be inhered from the family,” she said.
Statistics show that in Tanzania between 1,200 and 1,300 men are being affected by the Prostate cancer every year.
“Research done in 2010, showed that 8.9 percent patients attended at clinic at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), while at Muhimbili National Hospital 38 percent of men were found to have been affected by the disease,” she said.
TASOI is a Non-Governmental Organization consisting different experts who educate society on the importance of good health and its effects on the economic sector.