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CANCER CAMPAIGN IGNITES SPARK FOR MORE KNOWLEDGE
The Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality is aggressive in the fight against cancer. This is evident following the recent Awareness Campaign rolled out in Khuma Township, City of Matlosana.
The awareness campaign, which was attended by the community of Khuma, municipal councillors and women from Ventersdorp, Maquassi Hills, Tlokwe as well as other parts of City of Matlosana, is a partnership with the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and the North West Provincial Department of Health in the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda Region.
Custodian and of the project and DRKKDM Member of Mayoral Committee for Special Projects Councillor Nombuyiselo Adoons said the designation of October as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” in South Africa is a nationwide reflection driven by public and private healthcare structures to raise awareness of this debilitating of diseases across all races and class structures. She also urges everybody to go to regular health status check-ups for early detection of the dreaded disease.
“The main purpose of this event is to empower women with knowledge regarding on how to reduce the risk of breast cancer. We must take extra caution to keep our lifestyle in check since it is one of the risk factors in the development of breast cancer, alongside hormonal factors.”
Cllr Adoons made mention of the late Councillor Mokgadi Dlamini, who succumbed to breast cancer in September 2014.
“As we advocate for hope, we also honour our late colleague and MMC for Disaster Risk Management, Mme Mokgadi Dlamini who lost her life after fighting this disease for a number of years,” she concluded.
Amongst the audience were women, young and old, who gave testament based on their experiences after testing positive for cancer and their journey through medicinal cure & emotional healing.
Voluntary testing for all diseases including HIV, STI’s, High Blood and Diabetes were carried out by the department of Health through their resourced community outreach vehicles.
Every year, breast cancer kills more than 500,000 women around the world. The incidence of breast cancer among SA women is increasing and it is one of the most common cancers among women in SA.
It is the most prevalent cancer amongst white and Asian women and the second most common cancer among black and coloured women.
Other risk factors are obesity after menopause, and diet, in particular too high a consumption of animal fats.
There are 3 additional facts about breast cancer that every woman must know about:
Early detection of the condition can lead to effective treatment and a positive prognosis. About 90% of patients survive for many years after diagnosis when breast cancer is detected at the early stages.
Regular self-breast examination and regular mammograms are key to early detection.
Presenting yourself early for treatment may result in more effective treatment, leading to a reduction in pain and suffering and a significant decrease in the loss of life.
The DR Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality fully supports the Breast Cancer Awareness Month and encourage everyone to wear their pink ribbons to show that we all care.