Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo: Pexels

South Africa observes Breast Cancer Awareness month in October

1 in 27 women are at risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime

Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo: Pexels

For the month of October, South Africa and the world will be commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness month. The goal of an annual campaign is to increase awareness of the disease.

According to the South African government, breast cancer diagnoses are occurring more in the nation’s women. The disease is said to be one of the most cancers found in South African women.

Who is at risk of breast cancer

Commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo: Twitter/@pinkribbonpk

The illness is found more in White and Asian women. However, it is the second most common cancer among Black and Coloured women.

According to the National Cancer Registry, 1 in 27 women are at risk of being diagnosed in their lifetime.

Facts about breast cancer

  • Detecting the condition early has a higher possibility of effective treatment. This could lead to a positive prognosis for those affected.
  • Around 90% of patients are said to be able to survive for many years after diagnosis when breast cancer is detected in the early stages.
  • Regular self-breast examination is encouraged to assist with early detection. A regular mammogram is also encouraged.
  • Early treatment may result in more effective results for those affected. This could also lead to reduced “pain and suffering and a significant decrease in the loss of life.”

The government explained the purpose of the campaign saying:

“The designation of October as ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ in South Africa reflects a nationwide drive by public and private healthcare structures to raise awareness of this debilitating disease across all races and class structures.”

The South African Government

What CANSA offers to fight breast cancer in SA

Commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo: Twitter/@CANSA

A non-profit organisation that works to fight against breast cancer is the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). They have been leading the fight in South Africa since 1931.

Their main aim “is to offer a unique, integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer.” The non-profit also offers health programmes that comprise of health and education campaigns.

The organisation shared more on their services saying:

“CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer; stoma and other clinical support; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support.”

Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)

They added:

“We also supply patient care and support in the form of 12 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.”

Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)

Many companies and organisations will be commemorating the campaign month with different events. The colour pink and pink ribbons are usually used to signify support for those affected by the disease.