Cancer in Uganda

“Cancer kills almost as many people in Africa as tuberculosis and half as many as malaria”
Cancer in Uganda is on the rise. People are living longer and developing a more western lifestyle with the associated bad habits – eating unhealthily, drinking and smoking. Only around 5% of the population seek professional medical treatment, making it difficult to understand the full picture.

The scale of the problem

Cancer kills almost as many people in Africa as tuberculosis and half as many as malaria, but has much less visibility. Diagnosis and treatment is more complicated and requires expensive equipment and drugs.

There are many areas where more support and funding is needed – from increasing public awareness of cancer, early diagnosis and screening programmes, better radiotherapy equipment, and new (and often expensive) drugs. As a small charity with limited resources UCT UK will concentrate on small projects where we can add value through partnerships and raising awareness of the issues

A comparison of Uganda and the UK/US

Population
Uganda: 31 Million
UK: 61 Million

Number of oncologists
Uganda: 6
UK: 715 (Royal College of Radiologists, Clinical Oncology UK Workforce Report 2011)

Number of radiotherapy centres
Uganda: 1 old machine
UK: 58 (Department of Health, Radiotherapy Services in England 2012)

Breast cancer diagnosis
Uganda: 95% of cases are already at an advanced stage when diagnosed
US: Approximately 15% are at an advanced stage when diagnosed

Breast cancer survival rates
Uganda: 40%
UK: 79%