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Zimbabweans Urged to Seek Early Cancer Screening to Avoid Health Complications

  • Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye

Study: Doctors Less Likely to Give Chemo to Older Colon Cancer Patients

Study: Doctors Less Likely to Give Chemo to Older Colon Cancer Patients

The Cancer Association of Zimbabwe says Zimbabweans should go for colon cancer screening annually so that they can receive treatment early should they have the disease.

The organization’s health services manager, Lynne Mupunzwana, told VOA Studio 7 that people above the age of 40 should prioritize their health and get screened early to avoid complications later.

Mupunzwana said it is important for people to follow a good diet as well as exercise regularly to ensure that they are in good health to avoid getting different cancers, including colon cancer.

"We urge people to go for early screening annually at public health centers or private doctors, early diagnosis will assist positively in the treatment plan of those that are diagnosed with cancer," said Mrs. Mupunzwana.

She said it is important for people to place importance in their health “as what you eat will determine your overall health especially when to comes to different cancers including colon cancer.

"We have found that those who follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly are not so prone to different cancers and it is advisable that people seriously review their diets and eating habits including cutting down on excessive drinking, smoking and eating refined foods," said Mrs. Mupunzwana.

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change founding president, Morgan Tsvangirai, on Monday disclosed that he has colon cancer and is currently undergoing treatment in South Africa.

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