Kwale First Lady Christine Mvurya has emphasized locals to go for early cancer screening and shun away from associating the disease with witchcraft.
This is after the county recorded over 250 cases of cancer disease this year, according to county health data.
Christine said doing early screening is one way of defeating cancer and other non-communicable diseases.
“We should develop a habit of regular testing because we stand a chance of winning a war against it,” she said.
She spoke on Saturday at Ukunda while marking the cancer awareness month in Kwale.
She was joined by deputy governor Fatuma Achani and Makueni county first lady, Nazi Kivutha.
On Friday the cancer ceremony was graced by county First ladies association, Maria Mbeneka (Laikipia), Stellah Samboja (Taita/Taveta) at Kizibe primary school in Mkongani within Matuga sub-county.
Christine told the residents to make good use of the Beyond Zero Initiative to access cheap and reliable information and treatment services for cancer.
She indicated that cervical cancer in the county is likely caused by early sexual activities among teenagers.
Defilements and teen pregnancies were also mentioned as major contributors.
County data for teen pregnancies for this year stands at 2821 cases.
Governor Salim Mvurya’s wife encouraged the cancer survivors not to give up in life.
The Champion for menstrual hygiene added that practising good health and hygiene reduces death tolls and increases survival rate over cancer.
Christine encouraged the cancer survivors to remain strong and commemorated men and women who succumbed to the disease.
Abigail Kinyua a 14-year breast cancer survivor living in Ukunda urged the county government and well-wishers to intervene and support people battling the disease.
Kinyua said the treatment is very expensive and only few people can afford the medical expenses.
Christine told the communities to desist from stigmatizing cancer patients and assist where possible as the fight against the killer disease intensifies.
Achani said Ksh40 million oncology centre will soon be constructed by the county government to effectively combat cancer.