Mobile Cancer Screening Van Donated to Uganda Cancer Institute – The Ankole Times

Mobile Cancer Screening Van Donated to Uganda Cancer Institute

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Uganda Cancer Institute to Receive Additional Mobile Cancer Screening Van

In an endeavour to enhance cancer screening services, the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) will soon acquire an additional mobile cancer screening van, which is expected to be operational within the next two months. Dr. Jackson Orem, the director of UCI, noted that a significant challenge in accessing cancer testing and detection services, particularly for individuals residing in remote areas, necessitated the acquisition of this mobile van. This mobile unit will travel to various communities, focusing on diagnosing cancers in regions such as the head, neck, and mouth.

The van, a generous donation from Madhusudan Agrawal, the Honorary Consul of Uganda in Mumbai, India, was officially handed over to UCI by former Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda. Dr. Rugunda expressed his appreciation for Agrawal’s benevolence and encouraged the public to take advantage of these services, emphasizing that early cancer detection and treatment significantly contribute to saving lives.

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This marks the second mobile cancer screening van donated by Madhusudan Agrawal to Uganda, the first being a mammography van provided in 2018, which was used for breast and cervical cancer screening. During their visit to UCI on October 25, Agrawal and Dr. Rugunda assessed the impact of the previously donated mammogram van.

The cancer burden in Uganda is substantial, with approximately 250 new cancer cases diagnosed for every 100,000 individuals in the population, according to data from the Kampala Cancer Registry in 2020. This high incidence underscores the importance of expanding cancer screening and early detection efforts. Among women, cervical cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form, followed by breast cancer, stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, and liver cancer. In men, prostate cancer tops the list, followed by Kaposis Sarcoma, liver cancer, and lymphoma (cancer of soft tissues).

In 2020, Uganda recorded over 34,000 new cancer cases, as reported in the Global Cancer 2020 study, which also revealed that approximately 23,000 individuals succumbed to cancer in the same year. The acquisition of this new mobile cancer screening van is a significant step towards addressing this pressing healthcare challenge in Uganda.

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