Concern has been raised over an increase on new cancer cases every year while the cost of treating cancer has remained too high for ordinary Zimbabweans.

Witnessing the official opening of a new cancer centre in Harare, cancer survivors Derek Futon and Tandiwe Jambaya applauded the relief initiative urging those battling with the disease to adopt a positive mindset if they are to beat it.

The two also noted the cost of treatment for cancer has remained too high for ordinary Zimbabweans.

Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa noted government will continue to make efforts to ensure cancer treatment is affordable.

Oncocare Cancer Clinic chief executive officer Mr Ben Deda said over the past 20 years the HIV fight has dominated the efforts of government and stakeholders overriding the increasing prevalence of non communicable diseases such as cancer.

He said 60 percent of cancer cases occur in HIV positive people hence the need to fight both cancer and HIV.

The cancer treatment centre in Harare offers chemotherapy, radiotherapy and palliative care among other services and will compliment government efforts towards fighting the scourge.

In Zimbabwe since 2009 cancer cases doubled from 3519 to 7018, in 2014 and in 2015 an estimated 5000 new cases were recorded.