Early cancer detection is crucial in saving lives through increased chances for successful treatment.

Speaking during the official launch Of Global Education and Cancer Awareness Trust held in the capital today, guest of honour, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa stressed the importance of early cancer detection as it saves lives.

She also highlighted the importance of sharing information on the causes of cancer and pledged that her ministry will play a key role in information dissemination.

Senior oncologist at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Dr Anna Mary Nyakabau pleaded to the various organisation to partner with them in the fight against the disease.

“My colleagues and I have also come to the realisation that we cannot work in isolation as a ministry and thus we need to work hand in hand with various private initiatives and organisations,” she said.

Representing cancer survivors, Dr Nancy Jonker who is living with the disease for 14 years said early cancer detection is key in one’s life.

“I am urging all the people to go and get diagnosed early to save lives,” she said.

Global Education and Cancer Awareness Trust was founded in 2016 by Mrs Paidamoyo Mafunda who said she was touched by the plight of the cancer patients hence the formation of the trust to raise cancer awareness and pay school fees to the children whose parents or guardians succumbed to the non-communicable diseases especially cancer.