Focus on women’s health

2016-10-13 06:00

AS part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month CANSA is focusing on women’s health, and the types of cancers prevalent among women is the theme of CANSA­’s Women’s Health campaign.

In a statement CANSA said the key message is for women to keep themselves informed so they can recognise early warning signs and know how to reduce their risk.

“The focus of our women’s health campaign is mainly on breast and cervical cancers,” says CANSA Chief Executive Officer, Elize Joubert.

“They’re the most common cancers affecting South African women, with cervical cancer being the leading cause of death for women in developing countries.”

Joubert said there are signs that women­ should look out and encouraged them to go for regular screenings, which is available at CANSA branches.

“The incidence of breast cancer among South African women is increasing with women having a one-in-29 lifetime risk of being diagnosed and the most common cancer in women of all races and ethnicities.

“With such alarming rates, it places many women at risk, so we urge all women­ to go for regular screenings and find ways to lower their cancer risk.”

Women can contact the CANSA Care Centre in Port Shepstone to arrange a clinical breast examination and staff will guide them through the public health care system and offer them and their loved ones advice, care and support.

Women can also ask the care centre about CANSA’s mobile health clinic.

Sesethu Senene of Port Shepstone CANSA Care Centre said they will be offering screening in various areas.

“We will be visiting a few areas with Rotary. We started last Wednesday and visited SARS and on Wednesday we visited Margate Clinic. On Thursday 13 September [today] we will be in St Faiths Clinic, Friday at the Bhomela Clinic and Gamalakhe Methodist Church next to the clinic on 20 October,” said Senene

CANSA Port Shepstone will be open on Thursday and Friday for breast examinations for R50, and other screenings at R200.

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