Gogos learn about breast cancer

2017-08-03 06:01
Meagan Davids of Pink Drive, Nomakhaya Mgijima, Lucy Mnyani and Gwen Mbeia, secretary of Nothobile Senior Girls Club, during the event, last Wednesday, at Monwabisi Centre, in Langa.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Meagan Davids of Pink Drive, Nomakhaya Mgijima, Lucy Mnyani and Gwen Mbeia, secretary of Nothobile Senior Girls Club, during the event, last Wednesday, at Monwabisi Centre, in Langa.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Senior citizens hosted a breast cancer awareness and clinical testing event as part of ensuring that they lead a healthy life, last Wednesday, at Monwabisi Centre, in Langa.

About 100 members of Nothabile Senior Girls Club together with other seniors from the area attended the event which was organised in collaboration with Pink Drive and nurses from St John.

The event was organised in commemoration of Nelson Mandela Month.

The seniors tested for breast cancer, carnival cancer, Pap Smear Test, blood pressure, diabetes and educated them about the symptoms of breast cancer.

Gwen Mbeia, secretary of Nothobile Senior Girls Club, said they decided to invite Pink Drive and the nurses after they realised that their members did not have information about breast cancer.

“We noticed that some of our members have breast cancer and they do not have information about it. Some of them never tested for it before. It takes a big effort for elders to go to clinic which is why some end up not visiting clinics. We got the information as to why we can test ourselves even at home. We did not have such information,” Mbeia said.

Mbeia also said they are planning to visit schools and read for learners and also do story telling for them in future.

Nomakhaya Mgijima, 67, one of the seniors, said such event was beneficiary to them.

“It really helped me to do the test. I have never done it before and I did not really know about breast cancer. I am happy that they came to us instead of us taking transport to them. It is important to know about cancer at earlier stage. I will now share the information with other community members,” Mgijima said.

Meagan Davids, mammographer at Pink Drive said breast cancer is prevalent.

“It is a huge concern, because most women do not check for it. They can test themselves even at home. Some of the symptoms for are changes of your skin complexion and change of shape and size for nipple. We encourage women to check for it once a month. It is a serious problem in the country,” Davids said. She also encouraged anyone to visit their offices for free testing in 39 Belgravia Road, in Athlone.

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