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To defeat cancer, throw more resources at it - 4 days ago, 23:17

Vivienne Taa

Cancer not only robs the affected person of their health, but also dignity and resources.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) ranks the killer disease as the second leading cause of death, responsible for more deaths than HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria combined.

But there is hope: 30-50 percent of cancers are preventable and treatable if detected early.

My own encounter with cancer happened eight years ago. My mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer on May 2, 2010, and, exactly a year later, on May 2, 2011, she passed on.

She was only 51, in her prime with several goals and milestones still unachieved. My mother exhibited no symptoms until it was much too late to save her.

After two surgeries, chemo- and radio therapy, all we could do was give palliative care.

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After a few months of treatment her medical insurance cover ran out. We experienced the high cost of treating the disease ...
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