Fighting BREAST CANCER

2018-10-30 06:02
PHOTO: PHINDILE SHOZISatin Candy retail assistants, Nicola Louw and Leonie Hensby, with Pink Drive nurse Michelle Pillay (centre).

PHOTO: PHINDILE SHOZISatin Candy retail assistants, Nicola Louw and Leonie Hensby, with Pink Drive nurse Michelle Pillay (centre).

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BREAST cancer is common, with one in five women affected by the disease.

As October marks Breast Cancer Month, Satin Candy teamed up with the Pink Drive to encourage women to get tested for the disease on October 16 in Kloof.

Pink Drive nurse Michelle Pillay said that getting tested for breast cancer is very important because if it’s detected in its early stages it is more likely to be cured.

“Breast cancer is curable but only if it is found early, which is why every woman is advised to check herself every month to see if there is something unusual in her breasts,” she said.

Pillay said that one in five women are affected by breast cancer and it also affects men and children: “The youngest child diagnosed with breast cancer was a three-year-old.”

She said that it doesn’t matter if the child is young or not because if that person has breast tissue they can get breast cancer.

Satin Candy retail assistant Leonie Hensby said that the reason they partnered with Pink Drive to encourage women to get tested for breast cancer is because their customers are very important to them.

“Women are nurtures, which is why they tend to take care of others but not themselves and we as Satin Candy care for them very much, which is why Sandra Thomas, the owner, saw it as important to do something for them,” she said.

Hensby further said breast cancer shouldn’t be a death sentence which is why she encourages women to get tested as it’s a curable disease.

“It affects women of all ages and women must all get tested to be on the safe side,” she said.

She added that wearing a correct size bra is also important because if your bra is the wrong size it will hurt your breasts and become a problem.

In conclusion, Pillay said that she encourages women to check themselves every month for symptoms.

• See the breast cancer feature on pages 12 and 13.

SYMPTOMS

• A lump in a breast.

• Bloody discharge from the nipple.

• Changes in the shape or texture of the nipple or breast.

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