NAMIBIA is experiencing a major increase in the number of people diagnosed with cancer as the country registered a total of 21,880 cases.
This is according to the latest statistics provided by the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) which submitted a report to the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula on 17 September.
Rolf Hansen, the Chief Executive Officer of CAN stated that the interim report provides details on the current situation of cancer in Namibia.
“As we move from State of Emergency and the reality that Covid-19 remains with us, we reiterate that Cancer and all other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) remain a health threat of serious concern that must be addressed,” Hansen stated.
He added that awareness, education, and primary healthcare development are key elements that can enhance national healthcare services, as early detection, and treatment of most NCDs equates saving lives and saving budgets! Equitable healthcare for all Namibians should remain our mission, and with quality data, we can achieve this objective by planning proactively.
Between 2010 and 2017, 21,880 cases of cancers were registered: 10,150 among men and 11,730 among women.
On average 3,560 cases of cancer which includes C44 skin cancers, were recorded for per annum during 2015-2017.
According to sex, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy with 2,125 cases followed by mouth and pharynx (597 cases).
In women, breast cancer is the most diagnosed malignancy with 3,072 cases, followed by cervix cancer(1,957 cases).
Hansen stated that the lower reporting rates during 2010-2014 can be ascribed to challenges in data collection and entry.
During 2015, a serious turn-around implementation strategy was introduced to recover and rework 2014 data onwards by new management at the Cancer Association of Namibia. Stronger partnerships and collaborations between oncology stakeholders have delivered persistent higher quality data for Namibia.