Hundreds of residents turned up at Oasis Hospital in Kisii town during the launch of a Cancer Support Center where free screenings to raise awareness on the pandemic was performed.
Speaking during the event on Saturday, a Consultant Surgeon, Dr. Bahati Riogi, said the main focus was cervical cancer, breast and prostate cancer for early detection and management.
Some 25 survivors narrated their experiences during the exercise in which many received psycho-social support and medication.
Dr. Riogi said many women benefited from wigs to conceal their lost hair during chemotherapy.
County Health Executive, Sarah Omache, said the facility was achieved through collaboration with Global Cancer Centre in India.
Omache urged residents to get cancer screening occasionally as a preventive measure.
She said Kisii County Government was looking forward to establishing a similar facility at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH).
Hospital Administrator, Maxwel Abdalla, applauded residents for turning up in large numbers for the exercise.
A cancer survivor, Lydia Savange, urged residents to be screened regularly, saying the disease was treatable if diagnosed early.
Savange who is currently on medication for 10 years said she went through rigorous tests which drained her emotionally and financially, as she had to travel to India after visiting many local hospitals.
However, she is grateful that her breast cancer was diagnosed and treated early and for now she can only hope it does not recur.
Source: Kenya News Agency