Seniors care about cancer

2017-10-31 06:00
St Andrews seniors club held an event to talk about cancer.PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

St Andrews seniors club held an event to talk about cancer.PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Members of the St Andrews seniors club from Steenberg did their bit to support people affected by cancer.

The senior citizens came together and collected money which they donated to Cansa.

The members held an event in their church hall last Wednesday to remind each other of things they need to do to remain free of cancer and how they can support people who have cancer.

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month the elderly members organised yet another event to help the organisation.

Iris Hermanus, chairperson of the club, says this is the fourth year running of their cancer initiative and they are happy that as old as they are they can also do their bit to help.

“Cancer is really a big challenge and we all should help. I have been doing this for four years and I think we should all do what we can to help. We all know someone who has cancer and some have had cancer. One of my children died of cancer, so I know how it is and that we should help,” she says.

Starting in 2006, the club’s members do different things together. Once in a while they go out on road trips and they celebrate each other’s birthdays.

Without having funds to help them, they pay for events out of their own pockets. The money they use from their pensions as contributions has kept them going for years.

Zanab Joseph of Cansa addressed the seniors and thanked them for making the time to help. She reminded the attendees that people suffering from cancer needed someone to tell them they care and that there is someone to listen.

“Apart from all the doctors, chemotherapy sessions, radiation and those other things to get them back to their feet, they need us to tell them we do care. They need someone to listen. A lot of people are scared of talking about their conditions, but we must be there to lend an ear and help each other,” she said.

Joseph also encouraged the seniors to exam their breasts every month.

“Pick a date each month. What you’re checking for is if there is a lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the armpit area. Is there a discharge from your nipples, is the nipple inverted and turning inwards? If you see any of those, you must go to the clinic. Early detection can save lives,” she said.

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