Cancer is not a rare condition in Africa, but statistics show that the probability of an individual living in the Bantu area in Africa has a 20% lower chance compared to people living in Western Europe. The statistics show that the Bantu community in Africa has one of the lowest cancer rates in the world. However, the facilities for cancer treatment are minimal and technologically behind; this is evident from the sparse distribution of chemotherapy services in Africa. Despite this, African governments as well as private organizations are working together to bring cancer treatment services closer to the people.
The Epidemiology of Cancer among the Bantu Community in Africa
The world over, there are very few people who have not been affected by cancer, whether it is a personal experience, or through friends and family, cancer disrupts the daily lives of individuals as well as the community. Some of the more prevalent cancers are breast and prostate cancer. However, the Bantu communities have a shorter life expectancy, eat a diet rich in fiber and low in fat, and a lesser likelihood of Bantu individuals contracting cancer.
The results from various cancer research bodies including WHO have based their research on urban areas with data from hospitals. However, there is a need for more international funding for cancer research among the Bantu communities.
Cancer Cases among the Bantu Communities
Despite having a lower rate of developing cancer, the effects of cancer are equally devastating. According to various findings for one of the prevalent cancers in men shows that Bantu men develop prostate cancer at a much earlier age compared to men in western countries. For women, the incidence of breast cancer has almost doubled in the past five years in Bantu communities.
The mortality rate in the underdeveloped countries in Africa is high compared to developed countries. This is due to the amount of research done and the resulting inventions. However, there is the need for research diversity in Africa targeting more than just the tropical disease like malaria, and should include all forms of known cancers.