On November 2021, Prof Jessie Githanga was interviewed on the correct cancer diagnosis vital for recovery. She said that awareness of childhood cancer is an important intervention to control childhood cancer and there is much more to be done to ensure more information and awareness on cancer is available to people.
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Prof Jessie Githanga passion on Childhood Cancers is noticeable as University of Nairobi celebrates 50 years. She has dedicated her life to improve the holistic care of children with cancer and their families in Kenya. This motivated her, together with other colleagues, to establish the Kenya Childhood Cancer Trust (KeCCT).
Globocan estimates that in Kenya, there are about 3,000 new cases of childhood cancer diagnosed each year. However, these numbers are likely underestimates due to inadequate reporting of cases to the national cancer registries. In addition, many children with cancer are often misdiagnosed as other conditions that present with clinical symptoms and signs that are similar to those of childhood cancers.