Focus on cancer this September

2018-09-25 06:00
PHOTO: phindile shoziCancer Association of South Africa Mkhuhla Care Home Coordinator Linda Cipolla showing the ladies how they can be proactive and check for breast cancer.

PHOTO: phindile shoziCancer Association of South Africa Mkhuhla Care Home Coordinator Linda Cipolla showing the ladies how they can be proactive and check for breast cancer.

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IN commemoration of Cervical Cancer Awareness month, as well as Childhood Cancer Awareness month, this September the Cancer Association of South Africa Mkhuhla Care Home Coordinator, Linda Cipolla­,­ visited the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Hillcrest.

Here she gave a talk to members of the Anglican Morning Women’s Guild about the seriousness of these illnesses and cancer in general.

Cipolla said that ladies need to focus on keeping their bodies healthy.

“We are so busy with everything else that we ignore warning signs which tell us something may be wrong,” she said.

She then urged the Women’s Guild to start taking notice of their bodies, saying: “Listen to what’s going in your body. If you take notice of anything, you must immediately attend to it because if you think that it will go away on its own, you are kidding yourself because it will definitely come back and it will be worse,” she said.

She said that breast cancer is one of the biggest killers when it comes to the cancer statistics, saying: “One in 39 [people] will get breast cancer but, if it is found in an early stage, it is highly curable.”

In conclusion, Cipolla pleaded with the ladies to go for mammograms once in a while so that they will be on the safe side, knowing that they don’t have the diseases.

“If you go for your mammogram it will easily detect anything you have and, if you have cancer, you can immediately start on the chemo because it is curable if it is found early,” she said.

NINE SUBTLE SIGNS OF CANCER YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE

• Unexplained weight loss

• Ongoing tiredness

• Unexplained or irregular bleeding

• Swelling in the neck

• Mouth ulcers that don’t heal

• Persistent bloating

• Changes to bowel habits

• Non-healing skin blemishes

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