The cost of breast cancer treament in Rwanda happens to be a key concern for women in rwanda. In 2018, hundreds of Rwandan women took to the streets, occupied most major roads of the capital Kigali, in a walk for a healthy life for fitness exercise and free breast cancer test, treatment, blood pressure and weight tests among others.
Generally, the cost of Medical treatment worldwide varies as it doesn’t have a fixed price. The cost of breast cancer treatment in Rwanda is said to be relatively high.
Breast cancer treatment depends on its stage. It may consist of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
However, the average cost of treating a patient for breast cancer in Rwanda stands between RWF 1 million to RWF 10 million to get a prosthesis, according to Dr. Ndayisaba – Head of Non-Communicable Disease Control Department at Rwanda Biomedical Center.
understanding Breast Cancer in Rwanda .
Breast cancer is a type of cancer that forms/develops from the breast tissue in the cells of the breasts.
It is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the world today after Skin cancer.
A change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, a newly-inverted nipple, or a red or scaly patch of skin are some of the common signs of Breast Cancer that can be easily detected or observed by anyone.
Breast cancer, most common among women both in the developed and less developed countries. It is estimated across the globe that over 508, 000 women died in 2011, (Global Health Estimates, WHO 2013).
Breast Cancer incidence rate varies greatly globally, from 19.3 per 100,000 women in Eastern Africa to 89.7 per 100,000 women in Western Europe.
According to WHO-Cancer Country Profiles in 2014, breast cancer affected 576 Rwandans and this accounted for about 8.5 percent of all cancer deaths in Rwanda alone. These statistics is really alarming and scarring and worth giving double attention to by all responsible Agencies in Rwanda.
Butaro and Rwinkwavu Hospitals in Rwanda in 2015 carried out a deep research Study about breast Cancer incidents in Rwanda and it revealed that 76 percent of the patients weren’t bothered by the symptoms, whereas 63 percent of the patients thought there was no need to seek medical advice and believed the symptoms would go on their own.
The research showed that the government of Rwanda needed to give more in educating her citizens about this deadly and preventable disease mostly among the women and young girls who are likely affected.
Meanwhile, the survival rates vary globally, from 80 percent or over in North America, Sweden, and Japan to around 60 percent in middle-income countries and below 40 percent in low-income countries (Coleman et al., 2008).
According to him, the low survival rates in less developed countries is due to lack of early detection programs, resulting in a high proportion of women presenting with late-stage disease, as well as lack of adequate diagnosis and treatment facilities.