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2016-10-12 06:00


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WITH October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cansa Pietermaritzburg is encouraging women to take care of their health and go for regular checkups as the cancer battle can be won through early detection and treatment.

“Women should do self-examinations every month and report any changes to their health-care providers, and breast examinations and pap smears are offered at our weekly clinic. We will refer if we pick up any problems. Mammograms should be done annually from the time a woman turns 40 and pre-pubescent girls should have HPV vaccinations to reduce their risk of contracting cervical cancer,” said Lisa Strydom, Cansa KZN divisional manager.

According to Cansa, breast and cervical cancer are the main cancers that affect women. The key message is for women to be informed in order for them to recognise early warning signs and know how to reduce their risk.

Cansa’s goal of the October campaign is to improve women’s health and well-being by encouraging women to ensure they have the knowledge to put in place their own risk reduction measures. Through its campaign, Cansa is providing access to information that enables people to make healthy lifestyle choices. Cansa also encourages screening and early detection.

As an incentive for testing this month, all participating members of the Radiological Society of SA (RSSA) and the Breast Imaging Society of SA (BISSA) are offering a 10 % or more discount on mammograms and breast MRI, not paid for by medical aid schemes, during the month of October and first half of November 2016.

For more information about Cansa Pietermaritzburg’s services and offerings contact Cansa PMB on 033 342 9837 or visit their offices at 10 Killarney Terrace.

This month Cansa has their own rose sellers project running where people can order roses for R10 a stem in order to raise funds for the organisation.

Cansa Pietermaritzburg services:

Information on breast cancer

Information on the types of treatments used for breast cancer, the side effects to expect and how to manage these side effects

Support groups. There is currently one ‘lodger’ patient at Greys Hospital, one at St Anne’s Hospital which is open to all cancer patients, not only St Anne’s patients, and one in Northdale Hospital. Most of these groups meet monthly.

Breast prosthesis and special bras for those who have had a mastectomy are available for purchase at Cansa PMB.

Individual and family counselling.

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