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Understanding Cancer

General Cancer Screening

General Cancer Diagnosis

Sub-Saharan Africa

Overall Statistics

Nigeria

HIGHLIGHTS

Among Women

Breast Cancer -47% of all incidence and 36% of cancer relate deaths 

Cervical Cancer -27%of all incidence and 33% of cancer related deaths

Among Men

Prostate Cancer -43% of all new cases and 30% of total cancer deaths

South Africa​

HIGHLIGHTS

Among Women

Cervical Cancer #1 cause of cancer related deaths at 30% Breast Cancer #1 in incidence

Among Men

Lung Cancer #1 cause of cancer related deaths at 27% Prostate Cancer #1 in incidence

Ethiopia

HIGHLIGHTS

Among Women

Breast Cancer #1 in incidence (44%) and #1 cause of cancer related deaths at 35%

Among Men

Leukaemia and Colorectum Cancers #1 in incidence
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma -#2 in incidence

“Leukaemia is cancer of blood-forming cells. Leukaemia usually causes large numbers of white blood cells to be made. These abnormal cells usually can’t carry out the normal functions of white blood cells. They crowd the bone marrow and spill into the blood and may then spread into organs such as the liver, spleen, lungs and kidneys. Sometimes, they may also spread into the fluid around the brain and spinal cord.” – Cancer Council Victoria

“Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL, or sometimes just lymphoma) is a cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system.” -American Cancer Society

Democratic Republic of Congo

HIGHLIGHTS

Among Women

Cervical Cancer -Leading cause of cancer related deaths at 32%
Breast Cancer -#1 in incidence at 31 %

Among Men

Prostate Cancer -#1 in incidence (36%) and leading cause of cancer related deaths at 30%

Kenya

HIGHLIGHTS

Among Women

Cervical Cancer – Leading cause of cancer related deaths at 27%
Breast Cancer -#1 in incidence at 31%

Among Men

Cancer of the Esophagus – Leading cause of cancer related deaths at 25%
Prostate Cancer -#1 in incidence

 

United Republic of Tanzania

HIGHLIGHTS

Among Women

• Cervical Cancer #1 in incidence (50%) and leading cause of cancer related deaths at 53%

• Cervical Cancer also has the highest overall incidence of all cancers and highest overall rate of all cancer related deaths among men and women combined in Tanzania

Among Men

Prostate Cancer -#1 in incidence (36%) and leading cause of death at 31%

Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS

Among Women

• Cervical Cancer #1 in incidence (45%) and leading cause of cancer related deaths at 47%

• Cervical Cancer also has the highest overall incidence of all cancers and highest overall rate of all cancer related deaths among men and women combined in Uganda

Among Men

Kaposi Sarcoma – #1 in incidence (26%) and leading cause of cancer related deaths at 20%

“Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is a cancer that develops from the cells that line lymph or blood vessels. It usually appears as tumors on the skin or on mucosal surfaces such as inside the mouth, but these tumors can also develop in other parts of the body, such as in the lymph nodes (bean-sized collections of immune cells throughout the body), the lungs, or digestive tract.” -American Cancer Society

Ghana

HIGHLIGHTS

Among Women

Cervical Cancer – leading cause of cancer related deaths at 30%
Breast Cancer #1 in incidence

Among Men

Prostate Cancer #1 in incidence at 31%
Liver Cancer – Leading cause of cancer related deaths at 38%

Sudan

HIGHLIGHTS

Among Women

• Breast Cancer #1 in incidence (50%) and Leading cause of cancer related deaths 41%

• Breast Cancer also has the highest overall incidence of all cancers and highest overall rate of all cancer related deaths among men and women combined in Sudan

Among Men

• Leukaemia -Leading cause of cancer related deaths

“Leukaemia is cancer of blood-forming cells. Leukaemia usually causes large numbers of white blood cells to be made. These abnormal cells usually can’t carry out the normal functions of white blood cells. They crowd the bone marrow and spill into the blood and may then spread into organs such as the liver, spleen, lungs and kidneys. Sometimes, they may also spread into the fluid around the brain and spinal cord.” – Cancer Council Victoria

Mozambique

HIGHLIGHTS

Among Women

Cervical Cancer #1 in incidence (40%) and leading cause of cancer related deaths at 45%

Among Men

Kaposi Sarcoma #1 in incidence (48%) and leading cause of cancer related deaths at 39%

 

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