Communities commemorate World Cancer Day

2018-02-15 06:00
Pupils from Sandfields Primary School take to the streets to raise cancer awareness.PHOTO:supplied

Pupils from Sandfields Primary School take to the streets to raise cancer awareness.PHOTO:supplied

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MORE than 200 people took to the streets in Sandfields outside Tongaat on February 5 to participate in a march to commemorate World Cancer Day, which was on February 4.

As SA commemorated World Cancer Day, pupils from Sandfields Primary School and their teachers took it upon themselves to raise awareness for breast cancer. Joining in the march were scores of residents from Newtown and nearby communities.

The aim of the march was to educate the community about cancer and make them aware of its symptoms. The co-ordinator from Sandfields Primary, Radika Singh, said that after she lost her daughter in 2015, she realised that it is vital to stand up and join forces in raising cancer awareness.

“I lost my daughter on November 27, 2015, after she had been diagnosed with cancer in January of the same year.

“When the school decided to have a programme of this nature I took it upon myself to be the first one to volunteer because I’m more experienced and I have been through it,” she said.

Singh cautioned the public to be extra vigilant of the symptoms of cancer in their bodies.

Singh said the purpose of the day was to honour cancer survivors and pay tribute to all those who have lost their lives to cancer.

“People get lumps on their bodies, but they do not even bother to find out what causes those lumps. It is important to go for check ups at the doctor and find the cause of the lump on your body,” Singh said.

According to the KZN Department of Health, the top five cancers in the province are cervical cancer, breast cancer, colorectal, head and neck tumours and prostate cancer.

The department appealed to the public to continue supporting its campaigns which promote mass screening for cancer. The department said in a statement: “Screening assists with the early detection of cancer, which leads to timely intervention by medical professionals.

“KZN is doing well when it comes to screening, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. In fact, the province’s effort in this regard are being bolstered through the newly-launched National Cervical Cancer Prevention Policy(NCCPP) and the Breast Cancer Prevention and Control Policy.”

The department said that the aim of the new policy is to ensure that the early symptoms of cancer are identified as soon as possible.

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