Cancer has become the third highest cause of death in Kenya with around 39,000 new cases occurring each year. Lack of awareness, inadequate diagnostic facilities, lack of treatment facilities and the high cost of treatment leads to 70-80% of cancer cases in Kenya being only diagnosed in the very late stages. It examines the lives those affected by the disease and their carers as exacerbated by the inequality, unemployment and poverty which forms the backbone to the social and economic lives of many Kenyans. This Cancer In Africa series is the personal work of award-winning Kenyan photographer Georgina Goodwin and aims not to bring forth the deep emotion and pain that come hand in hand with this disease but also the raw beauty, the kindness and the strength of the human spirit which shines through despite the costs.
Published on World Health Day 2017 by The Guardian: