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Kenya Joins Global Observance of National Cancer Survivor Day


Nairobi — Kenya on Sunday joined the rest of the world in marking the observance of National Cancer Survivor Day, honoring individuals who have triumphed over cancer.

The annual event, held on the first Sunday of June, recognizes and celebrates the resilience of cancer survivors, providing inspiration to those currently battling the disease and fostering a sense of community among affected families.

The Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations defines a cancer survivor as “anyone living with a history of cancer – from the time of diagnosis through the remainder of their life”.

Thika Level 5 Hospital was the venue of this year’s commemoration the Cancer Survivor Day in Kenya.

With the theme “I’m thriving,” this year’s commemoration aimed to shed light on the positive aspects amid the many hurdles faced by cancer patients.

According to the World Health Organization, cancer ranks among the top causes of death globally, following infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases as the third leading cause of mortality.

Whereas the WHO has linked cancer as a leading cause of premature death in the world, there are many survivors who have overcome the disease.

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Sydney Chaonya, Executive Director of Hope for Cancer Kids, shared his remarkable story of triumph with Capital News over post-nasal space cancer–a rare form of cancer affecting the nasal cavity and sinuses.