Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Free or Discounted Screenings in Kenya
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.
There are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008). Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries.
In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising steadily due to increase in life expectancy, increased urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.
In 2019 there were 50,000 new cases of cancer reported in Kenya and over 30,000 deaths (Globocan 2019). Women accounted for nearly 60% of the new cases and close to 60% of the deaths. 60–80% of cases in Kenya are detected late; the burden of cancer in Kenya is heavy.
Here’s where to get free or discounted breast checks and mammograms in Kenya this October:
Langata Hospital is offering free breast screenings this month. This year, they’ll add free BMI Checks, nutritional advice, Free HIV testing and counselling as well as any referral service for further management, if found necessary.
The Nairobi women’s hospital is offering free breast screenings at all their branches country wide.
Outspan are offering the “Hawa Package” for Ksh 4,400 that includes consultancy, mammogram, urinalysis, lipid profile, full Haemogram, ECG, Chest X-ray & take home vitamins.
Aga Khan Hospital is offering free consultation, breast exams and discounted mammograms for Ksh 2450 at all their branches.
M.P. Shah hospital is offering free consultations and breast examinations. Their discounted breast ultrasound will cost Ksh 2300 and a mammogram will cost Ksh 2800
You’ll get a free consultation and breast examination at all Mater hospital branches. They’re offering discounted mammograms and breast ultrasounds for Ksh 2500 & Ksh 3000 respectively.