About Us

Vision

A cancer free Uganda

Mission

To coordinate civil society efforts for a systematic contribution towards effective cancer control in Uganda through fostering collaborative advocacy, awareness creation, capacity building, research and patient support.

Goal

To contribute towards reduction of the cancer burden in Uganda by ensuring increased prioritization, a more knowledgeable population, efficiency in service delivery, evidence based interventions and better treatment outcomes for patients.

UCS board members and staff after a capacity building workshop on good governance

UCS Secretariat

The UCS is now fully operational following the establishment of a new secretariat. Having been established and registered in 2011, the Uganda Cancer Society received support from the American Cancer Society in 2015 to establish a functional secretariat to effectively implement cancer control programs in Uganda. As such a dynamic team was recruited and this include; Programs Director, Communications Officer and Finance and Administration Officer. The team is charged with organizational and structural development alongside coordination of member organizations in cancer control.

UCS Secretariat from left to right: Paul Ebusu, Program Director; Winnie Nabatanzi, Finance and Administrative Officer & Evelyn Angiji, Communications Officer

Events


Parliament Speaker pledges support towards cancer control

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga Alitwala pledges to continue supporting enactment of cancer control policies and laws. The speaker made the pledge on 20th April 2017 at Hotel Africana during the research dissemination meeting of assessment of clinical and psychological needs of Metastatic breast cancer patients, challenges and gaps in meeting their needs in Uganda. The research was carried out by Uganda Women Cancer Support Organization (UWOCASO).

Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga Alitwala pledges to support enactment of cancer control policies and laws

UCS calls on Ministry of Health to prioritize cancer

"Cancer needs to be prioritized in the health sector development plan and the health sector strategic plan and investment plan", said the UCS Executive Director, Paul Ebusu. Ebusu noted that the Health sector development plan needs to state national targets and indicators to help measure progress in cancer control. The Executive Director was speaking during a plenary session organized by the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association held on 31st March 2017 at Uganda Cancer Institute. The plenary session under the theme: "demystifying cancer, causing awareness, fighting the stigma". Ebusu also appealed to Parliament to allocate a special budget for establishment of regional cancer centers to decentralize cancer services for access for all. Currently, cancer services are centralized in Kampala and mainly at the Uganda Cancer Institute. Ebusu further called on Parliament to consider budget allocation for the establishment of a national cancer registry. Currently, Uganda is using data from the Kampala cancer registry. But Ebusu noted that it is paramount to have a national registry for purposes of effective national planning.

UCS executive director, Mr. Paul Ebusu (on the microphone) stressing the need for ministry of health to prioritize cancer during the plenary session with Uganda parliamentary press association

New BOD starts conducting business

Following their election into office, the newly elected BOD members have started conducting business. The BOD members who were elected on 24th September 2016 during the General Assembly Meeting held at City Royal hotel in Bugolobi assumed office on 12th October 2016. The BOD members include: Dr. Margaret Okello Nyeko, Chairperson; Dr. Sam Guma, Vice Chairperson; Evah Kabanda, Secretary; Ben Ikara, Treasurer and members including: Claire Judith Achieng, Rebecca Kiziri Mayengo, Albert Tusiime, Margaret Okello, Dr. Noleb Mugisha, Gertrude Nakigudde and Ms. Agnes Agwang. According to the UCS constitution, the BOD members will be in office for a term of 3 years and are eligible for re-lection for a second term. Meanwhile, the BOD members underwent an orientation to enable them undertake their roles and responsibilities effectively. The BOD orientation took place on 9th November 2016.


Cancer Education Materials launched

Uganda Cancer Society (UCS) in partnership with Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) with financial and technical support from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), have developed and launched cancer education materials for patients, caregivers and healthcare workers. Training on the use of, and launch of the cancer educational materials took place on 27th Jan, 2017 and 3rd Feb, 2017 respectively. These materials are free of charge and are intended to help, 1; patients understand and cope with cancer as they go through treatment, 2; care givers to understand and know how to care for their patients/loved ones and, 3; for healthcare workers to have information appropriate for sharing with patients and caregivers. These materials include a booklet for patients and care givers, and a teaching flipchart tool to be used by health workers, counselors and volunteers interacting with cancer patients.

UCI Director: Dr. Jackson Orem, UCS Vice Chairperson: Dr. Sam Guma, ACS Representative: Zena Bernacca and UCS Executive Director: Paul Ebusu officially launch the Cancer Education Materials at Fairway Hotel

Cancer Control family commemorates World Cancer Day and International Childhood Cancer Day 2017

The Uganda Cancer Society in partnership with Uganda Cancer Institute and the Ministry of Health commemorated the World Cancer Day and International Childhood Cancer Day 2017. This year’s theme for World Cancer Day which runs from 2016 is "We can, I can". The Union for International Cancer Control, (UICC), declared 4th February World Cancer Day. This is aimed at increasing cancer awareness to encourage prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer. In Uganda, the Cancer control family commemorated these days by holding several activities including a match past, information sharing with success stories from cancer survivors as well as visiting cancer patients in the wards. Speaking during the commemoration of World Cancer Day at Uganda Cancer Institute, the Minister of Health, Dr. Ruth Achieng revealed that government plans to conduct a comprehensive research on cancer to provide accurate data which will inform interventions towards cancer control.

UCI Director and Chief Walker: Dr. Jackson Orem (standing in for the Minister of Health, Dr. Ruth Achieng) accompanied by the UCS Executive Director, Paul Ebusu and other walkers during the match past held in commemoration of WCD 2017.

International Childhood Cancer Day 2017

Meanwhile, 15th February every year is International Childhood Cancer Day and Uganda Cancer Society in partnership with Uganda Cancer Institute joined the rest of the world to commemorate the day. This year, the International Childhood Cancer Day was celebrated under the universal message: "Together for kids with cancer". As such, UCS and UCI marked the day with several activities including: red carpet moment which saw seven children walk on the red carpet and rang a bell to symbolize that they are cancer free, drama skit on cancer, signing of the solidarity banner, information sharing and a success story from a child who survived cancer. According to the World Health Organization estimates for Uganda, cancer causes up to 17,600 deaths each year. In 2016 alone, UCI received 4,000 new cancer cases and 45, 000 cases in total. At the Uganda Cancer Institute, about 65% of all cancer cases seen are infection related.

UCI Director: Dr. Jackson Orem cuts cake with some of the children who were declared cancer free during the commemoration of International Childhood Cancer Day 2017 at the Children’s ward at UCI

Permaculture Workshop

On the Left Cancer based organizations trained on permaculture gardening. UCS Executive Director making remarks and on the right Mr. Paul Ebusu actively takes part during the practical at the permaculture gardening workshop on 8th March 2017 at Hospice Africa Uganda


Social Media & News


News

Press Releases

Uganda Cancer Society (UCS) in partnership with Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) with financial and technical support from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), have developed and launched cancer education materials for patients, caregivers and healthcare workers.

Breast Cancer Month

Uganda Cancer Society together with its member associations joined the Uganda Non Communicable Disease Alliance in Kireka (Kampala suburb) in an outreach activity where cancer screening was carried out. This was followed up on 12th October, where the cancer society celebrated the survivors of the disease and went on to educate the masses about cancer and in particular breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Month

Uganda Cancer Society together with its member associations joined the Uganda Non Communicable Disease Alliance in Kireka (Kampala suburb) in an outreach activity where cancer screening was carried out. This was followed up on 12th October, where the cancer society celebrated the survivors of the disease and went on to educate the masses about cancer and in particular breast cancer.

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Membership

Membership is open to organisations whose mission promotes the advancement of early detection, individuals who are health professionals working in support of cancer patients, survivors and cancer advocates, educators or other professionals who are interested in and/or make substantial contributions to the cancer field. A special invitation is extended to organisations already involved in cancer related programs.

Benefits

  • Empowerment and capacity building of member organisations
  • Free screening and counselling services
  • Opportunities to participate in special events e.g workshops and conferences
  • Networking and information exchange
  • Membership cards

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About Cancer

What is cancer?

Cancer is a disease caused by uncontrolled and abnormal growth of body cells.

Common cancers in Uganda

There are more than 200 different types of cancers each with it's own name and treatment.

Cancer as part of the health problem in Uganda

Cancer is a non-communicable disease (NCD)...

Chart showing cancer deaths in Uganda

According to International Agency for Research on Cancer under World Health Organisation...

What causes cancer?

There are different factors that add up for someone to suffer from cancer. There is no single cause for any type of cancer.

Who suffers from cancer and how can one reduce the danger of suffering?

Any one can suffer from cancer: men, women and children...

Some Common Cancers Explained

The most common ones are burkitts lymphoma and leukaemia

Signs to look out for:

  • Continued unexpected weight loss
  • Headaches, often with early morning vomiting
  • Increased swelling or persistent pain in the bones, joints, back, or legs
  • Lump or mass especially in the abdomen, neck, chest, pelvis, or armpits
  • Development of bruising, bleeding, or rash
  • Constant infections
  • A whitish colour behind the pupil
  • Nausea that persists or vomiting without nausea
  • Constant tiredness or noticeable paleness
  • Eye or vision changes that occur suddenly and persist
  • Recurrent or persistent fevers of unknown origin

Women aged 35 years and above who have had sexual intercourse

Signs to look out for:

  • Abnormal heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse
  • Prolonged menstrual periods
  • Increased foul smelling vaginal discharge
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Vaginal bleeding after menopause

Ladies, if you notice any of the above, get a check up at the nearest health facility screening helps to detect HPV Virus that causes cervical cancer early.



Men aged 40 and above

Signs to look out for:

  • Pain on passing urine
  • Urinating frequently
  • Blood in your urine
  • Urgency when passing urine
  • Reduced urinary stream
  • Bone pains and backache
  • New onset erectile dysfunction

Mostly women above the age of 40 and 1% of men

Signs to look out for:

  • Change in breast size or colour
  • Lumps or swellings in the breast area or under arm
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Nipple retraction
  • Change in nipple position
  • Puckering of the skin
  • Bloody nipple discharge
  • Sore on breast that does not heal

Men, women and children

Commonly individuals with HIV infection.

Age range is between 25-45 years.

Signs to look out for:

  • Raised dark irregular skin lesions
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Swollen lower limbs
  • Vomiting of blood
  • Blood in stool
  • Shortness of breath

CAREERS

Uganda Cancer Society (UCS) is a nationwide umbrella organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem in Uganda.

Our work supports dedicated organizations in Uganda and enables communities affected by cancer live better lives. We work side by side with organizations in these communities and empower them to transform their own health through education and capacity building.

UCS is focused on harnessing resources for various cancer-related activities at national level, and supporting the efforts of the Ministry of Health, Uganda Cancer Institute, and Mulago Hospital, in the fight against cancer.

UCS invites interested applicants for vacant positions of Program Director, Finance and Administrative Assistant, Communication Officer at their office located at Mulago Hill, Uganda Cancer Institute campus.


Contact Us

Get In Touch

Upper Mulago Hill Road,Old Mulago

P.O. Box 7242 Kampala Uganda

info@ugandacancersociety.org

Tel:+256 392178067

Business Hours

Monday - Friday: 8 am to 5 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm

Sunday: day off