EDITORIAL COMMENT : Cancer is the worst of them all

25 Apr, 2022 - 00:04 0 Views
EDITORIAL COMMENT : Cancer is the worst of them all


LAST week’s Malaria statistics proved that there is more to worry about than Covid-19.

Yes, the latest pandemic has shaken the world – Zimbabwe included – but it does not immediately become bigger than other known pandemics and epidemics like tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS and malaria.

Another pandemic, which does not get the attention it deserves is cancer, and it is way bigger than the other pandemics put together.

Cancer has affected so much of our happiness, especially in developing countries like ours.

One of our best musicians, Tongai Moyo, died after losing his battle against cancer.

He was a revered sungura musician who was adored by millions.

His battle against cancer was long, sad and challenging.

One hopes such sad memories will make people do their best to try and ensure they don’t fall into cancer’s trap.

One hopes it makes people realise just how big a threat cancer is to all of us.

Very few people know that the number of cancer deaths alone surpasses those attributed to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

People – from all walks of life – are affected, directly or indirectly, by cancer.

 The young and the old, rich or poor, male or female, cancer eats across the entire spectrum.

However, for most in the developed world, many types of cancer have ceased to be the incurable, death-sentence, which they once were.

Advances in basic science and technology and more research that has been done to provide solutions to the cancer scourge have left cancer being a more manageable problem.

The developing world, particularly Africa, should follow suit and channel resources towards the treatment and management of cancer.

In the developed world, it’s more a question of what the best course of treatment is, rather than one of availability or affordability.

But for most of the world, access to cancer screening, detection, diagnosis and oncology care is still a challenge.

The Tongai Moyo battle against cancer is an example where, even for an accomplished musician like him, cancer was too expensive a disease to bear.

Considering that nearly half of cancer cases and 55 percent of the deaths occur in developing countries – there is need to take action and find solutions to the cancer scourge in this part of the world.

Contrary to popular belief, cancer, along with other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, upper respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease, are the leading causes of death around the world.

We should play a role in making cancer awareness a priority because the earlier one is diagnosed, the better their chances of getting treatment.

Everyone in this country, if not the entire world, knows about Aids.

This is all as a result of a great awareness campaign that started in the ‘80s and is still going strong today.

May the cancer awareness campaigns worldwide be done with the same zeal.

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