Former ZANU PF official Shadreck Mashayamombe has said that he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Posting on Twitter, Mashayamombe advised young men and women to regularly go for cancer screening. He said:
“SAD to tell you that I have been diagnosed with COLON CANCER. I advise all young men and women to go for routine Colo-rectal Cancer Screening. Pray for me as I battle against this Monster. I am starting a new Journey in my life.”
This comes after the disease recently claimed the life of 34-year-old opposition MDC Alliance political activist Patson Dzamara who was a brother to missing journalist-cum political activist Itai Dzamara.
Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer globally, and the 6th most common in Africa. There has been a gradual temporal increase in the incidence of colorectal cancer in Zimbabwe over the past two decades
The exact cause of colorectal cancer is not known, but certain risk factors are strongly linked to the disease, including diet, tobacco smoking and heavy alcohol use.
Also, people with certain hereditary cancer syndromes or a family history of colorectal cancer have a high risk of developing the disease.