Iprosarude joins humanity to celebrate World Cancer Day on February 4, 2021
According to Dr. Emmanuel Sengiyumva, Head of the Hope Clinic in Mwaro, for ‘Iprosarude , we can prevent cancer. The rapid increase in the burden of cancer is attributed to profound changes in lifestyle, such as unhealthy diet, smoking, lack of physical activity, exposure to environmental risks and other lifestyle risk factors.
In fact, 40% of cancers are potentially preventable, 40% are treatable and 20% are palliative.
Cancer is still the leading cause of death in the world today, long before wars and other natural disasters. It is much less talked about, but it kills. However, it is treatable and the interest of this day is also to raise awareness of the usefulness of early detection to achieve a cure.
So, World Cancer Day is an annual event, launched by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) in collaboration with the WHO, which invites citizens, organizations and government institutions around the world to unite their efforts to fight the global cancer epidemic. This year’s campaign focuses on improving the general public’s knowledge of cancer and dispelling misconceptions about the disease.
For effective cancer control, WHO and its partners should strengthen the capacity of countries to detect and manage cancers at an early stage, with particular emphasis on the priority areas of cancer prevention and control through actions such as :
- Encouraging government policy- and decision-makers to mobilize more funds and ensure the necessary resources for cancer prevention and early detection, treatment and palliative care ;
- strengthening national capacity for cancer control, including through human resource training
- Encourage the integration of cancer prevention and screening programs into primary health care by building institutional capacity in low- and middle-income countries ;
- Improving cancer registries and information systems in countries where these are limited or where they are non-existent;
- promoting healthy lifestyles and tobacco control to combat the major causes of cancer ;
Iprosarude will continue to focus as it has always done on cervical cancer control. In addition, a cervical cancer screening project is underway in partnership with the municipality of Gitega. More than 187 rural women have already been screened in the polyclinics of Iprosarude.
Iprosarude’s cancer prevention awareness programs contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals .