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Cancer Association screens 2798 in first quarter

Cancer Association screens 2798 in first quarter

The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) confirmed that they have managed to screen a record of 2798 people to help detect cancer earlier, during the first 4 months of 2017 in 21 towns nationwide.

Rolf Hansen, Chief Executive of CAN, said the process amounted to an estimated investment of N$2 million with 1 447 referrals for further investigations underway.

“And all this at only N$50 a patient, with CAN paying the rest which is done to ensure the richest to the poorest, in the city to the veld, have access to cancer screening care,” he said.

According to Hansen as the association has reached the half-way mark of 2017, they have inspired hope by opening the CHICA Interim Home for brave little childhood cancer patient and that they worked hard at fund raising and therefore the CAN Medical Centre has become a reality.

“CAN is proud to have raised funds like never before and that the National Cancer Outreach Programme has through your love and dedication been to destinations in Namibia where previously never before,” he added.

Furthermore, Hansen thanked friends, family, partners and the local community who contributed to their success this year in campaigns, educational sessions and fund raising projects.

Meanwhile, current statistic suggest that every day an average of 10 Namibians are diagnosed with cancer and therefore, their new initiative the Cancer Ball of Namibia is crucial for CAN in their mission to educate, screen and support earlier detection and treatment of cancer.

The Ball will be held on 5 August at Safari Hotel and Conference Centre, and will cost N$2 000 per couple and N$10000 per table of 10.

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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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