Maseru – In commemoration of World Cancer Day, the Ministry of Health held a press conference to raise awareness of cancer in both men and women.
The Minister of Health, Dr. ‘Molotsi Monyamane said February fourth is celebrated annually worldwide as Cancer Day hence the ministry’s celebration, saying the common cancers in women are cervical and breast cancer while in men it is prostate cancer and one percent of breast cancer.
Dr. Monyamane said cancer is a condition in which cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably and the cancerous cells invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs, adding that changes in the body’s normal processes or unordinary symptoms can sometimes be early signs of cancer.
He said easily identified symptoms of cancer include a lump that suddenly appears on the body, unexplained bleeding or changes in bowel habits, and these all need to be checked by a doctor.
The Ministry’s Focal person in Cancer prevention and control programmes, Dr. Kabelo Mputsoe said simple lifestyle changes, such as healthy eating, regular exercise and not smoking can significantly reduce the risk of cancer.
Dr. Mputsoe said cancer is a common condition which has cost government over 82 million Maloti and urged Basotho to get tested frequently to know their status of cancer regardless of lifestyle, race, gender or age.