Cancer a problem for women in Africa – Jacob Zuma

2015-02-28 16:18

President Jacob Zuma says cancer is emerging as a major public health problem, not only in South Africa, but in Africa as a whole.

“The women in Africa suffer in many cases from ... the fear and stigma associated with cancer,” he said today at the launch of the Warriors Walk for Cancer initiative by his wife Tobeka Madiba Zuma’s foundation.

Zuma said women with cancer often suffered discrimination in their communities, ostracism by their partners and painful deaths due to the disease.

“The walk is to honour a loved one lost to the disease, to celebrate another who survived and to support those who continue to fight against it.”

He said governments had to mobilise their resources to ensure that breast and cervical cancer were eradicated.

“My wish is to see us all come together to support and empower each other. I know that the fight against cancer will succeed if we work together and make it everybody’s business in our communities.”

He encouraged people to take better care of their health by exercising and not smoking, consuming alcohol or putting on excess weight.

“If we do so, we place our lives at risk for the early onset of these non-communicable diseases [which are] so largely preventable.

“The citizens need to meet government half way in its attempt to strengthen preventive measures.”

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