Awareness brunch aims to shed light on cancer in men

2019-11-27 06:01
Cancer survivor Verity (back) with her husband, Mark Dyer, show their support for the CANSA Shades of Blue men’s cancer awareness brunch.PHOTO: supplied

Cancer survivor Verity (back) with her husband, Mark Dyer, show their support for the CANSA Shades of Blue men’s cancer awareness brunch.PHOTO: supplied

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WITH November being Men’s Health Awareness Month, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) will be hosting a Shades of Blue men’s cancer awareness brunch on November 30 from 10 am at the Pietermaritzburg Collegians Sports Club.

The brunch will see urologist Dr Lucio Frutella as a guest speaker and Shannon Preston provide the entertainment.

Entry fee is a donation of R100 per person.

This month, CANSA is raising awareness of prostate cancer, the most common male cancer globally and locally.

According to Heidi Jansen, a CANSA community mobiliser, the National Cancer Registry shows that South African men have a 1:19 risk of being diagnosed in their lifetime.

“Knowledge is power and can change the lives of men drastically if they are aware of early warning signs and symptoms of male cancers,” said Jansen, who added that men need to be proactive about their health and should recognise the warning signs. She emphasised that men also need to lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle and cut out lifestyle factors that increase their cancer risk.

“Ladies, please encourage the men in your life to be aware of the risks, the importance of regular screening and of the symptoms of cancer,” she said.

To book your seat at the Shades of Blue men’s cancer awareness brunch, contact CANSA at 033 342 9837; Jansen at 083 227 1575 or send an e-mail to hjansen@cansa.org.za

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