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Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide with research showing that twice as many people die from cancer than from AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that without immediate action, the global number of deaths from cancer will increase by about 80% by 2030, with most occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Even more alarming is that more than 60% of world's total new annual cancer cases occur in Africa, Asia and Central and South America.

These regions account for 70% of the world's cancer deaths. These statistics show that each one of us has either been directly or indirectly affected by cancer. The impact is far reaching on a personal, family, corporate and national level as a cancer related deaths result in the loss of valuable skills and manpower and overloading of our countries financial resources. Sadly dependants are left to fend for themselves and can often fall through the cracks.

"So one may ask, "What is Cancer"? Well, Cancer is a general term used to describe a large distinct group of diseases affecting any part of the body. Other medical terms used to describe cancer are "malignant tumours" and "neoplasms". These diseases originate from one cell which grows abnormally and uncontrollably and in some cases proceeds to invade nearby tissues ("local infiltration") and/or spreads to other parts of the body through the blood or lymphatic system ("metastases"). Metastases are therefore the major cause of death from cancer," said Dr Botho Mhozya, BOMAID Service Provider Relations Manager.

He said, "BOMAID for the period 2011 to date has paid out claims worth P39 million for cancer treatments for an annual average of 235 members utilising the oncology benefit. The most common cancers within these group of members being breast, prostate and cervical cancer."

Substantial progress has been made in recent years with regard to prevention and treatment options for certain cancers, however, despite this progress, cancer burden is increasing owing to a growing and aging global population as well as risk factors like smoking, obesity, and poor dietary patterns. Around one third of cancer deaths are due to the 5 leading behavioural and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, alcohol use.

Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer causing around 20% of global cancer deaths and around 70% of global lung cancer deaths. Cancer causing viral infections such as hepatitis B & C (HBV & HCV) and Human Papilloma virus (HPV) are responsible for up to 20% of cancer deaths in low- and middle-income countries.

According to BOMAID research shows that one-third of cancer deaths can be prevented through screening tests, vaccinations, and lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking. Furthermore, early detection of cancer greatly increases the chances for successful treatment. There are two major components of early detection of cancer: education to promote early diagnosis and screening. Increased awareness of possible warning signs of cancer leads to recognition of possible warning signs of cancer and finally taking prompt action leading to early diagnosis.

Bomaid has taken steps towards appropriately allocating resources to diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care and to annually monitor the effectiveness of these interventions and our oncology benefits in line with international best practices.

However, the costs of providing these benefits continues to escalate. In 2014, Bomaid intensified its focus towards preventative healthcare and wellness by launching its screening and prevention benefit which is designed to help its members with screening and early detection of some diseases and ultimately improve outcomes.

This benefit allows for screening once every 2 years for cervical cancer through pap smears for women aged 25-55years, breast cancer through mammogram for women aged 40-70 years and prostate cancer through PSA test for men aged 40 years and above amongst many other diseases. Despite introduction of this benefit, uptake has been slow with an annual average of 1300 members utilising this benefit.

"Bomaid has therefore seen it fit to partner with The Botswana Cancer Association and Liberty Life Botswana in an effort to continue to raise awareness and educate the Bomaid membership and the Botswana population at large on cancer and the importance of screening and prevention and empowering them to make healthy lifestyle choices. These organisations have demonstrated a vested interest in reducing the burden of disease of cancer," revealed Mhozya.

The month of October will see the return of the "Pink Friday Campaign", which is Bomaid's breast cancer awareness campaign which will be hosted in the oncology wards of the 3 main hospitals, Princess Marina Hospital, Life Gaborone Private Hospital and Lenmed Bokamoso Private Hospital.

On Fridays Bomaid will bring support to patients in these wards to lighten their mood and highlight their plight. Pink Friday kick-starts this Friday 7th October at Princess Marina Oncology Ward. Bomaid will also accompany The Cancer Association at their stalls on their Saturday mall visits. Breast cancer awareness month activities will culminate with the Association's annual stiletto walk.

In November Bomaid will continue with the "Movember Campaign" which aims to bring awareness to issues of men's health and in particular prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

 

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