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A silent threat to Rwanda’s most precious asset – the youth

Today, we dive into a growing concern: the rise of digestive cancer among Rwanda’s young population. Gastrointestinal cancer is the 4th most prominent cancer. GI Cancer is a group of diseases where malignant cells grow uncontrolled in the digestive system.

Symptoms can be as subtle as abdominal pain or as severe as bleeding. Globally, these cancers are the leading cause of death, but what’s happening in Africa, more specifically in Rwanda, is particularly alarming.

In the last decade, According to the Ministry of Health. Rwanda has seen a disturbing increase in young people battling digestive cancer.

The reasons behind this rise are complex. Modern diets rich in processed foods, coupled with sedentary lifestyles, and severe alcohol consumption and smoking are significant contributors.

GI cancers account for 1 in 4 cancer cases and 1 in 3 cancer deaths globally.
According to several reports, alcohol intake varies from men to women.

When it comes to beers containing 5% Alcohol the safe consumption for men is two bottles while for women it is one bottle. When it comes to wines and spirits, Women not consume more than 4 glasses while men should not consume more than 5 glasses.

The Rwandan government, along with various NGOs and international bodies, is ramping up efforts in cancer awareness and treatment but also campaigns against heavy alcohol consumption.

Community-led initiatives and support groups are crucial. But the youth must take action.
Proactiveness is the way to go. You must be proactive about your health. Better safe than sorry. Here is what you can do.

Some say they can drink until they can’t see but that is not the way to go. If you choose to drink, set limits for yourself and stick to them. Learn to say no confidently and be comfortable with your decision not to drink or to drink in moderation.

Familiarize yourself with resources such as counseling services, hotlines, or support groups for young people struggling with alcohol-related issues.

Be a positive role model to others by demonstrating responsible behavior when it comes to alcohol. Keep up with the latest research and information about the effects of alcohol, and spread this knowledge among your peers.

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