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Support Breastober Month

ALEXANDRA – Take a stand against breast cancer.

Pink is back, along with the month of October when the nation identifies with those impacted by breast cancer.

The Joburg City Council joins this initiative through its Support Breastober month campaign. In a statement, the council said breast cancer is

one of the most common cancers among women of all races in South Africa. “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in South Africa and there is a concerted nationwide effort by government and private healthcare organisations to raise awareness of this disease.”

The initiative involves various events and symposiums held throughout the city to raise awareness and funds to tackle the disease. “Significantly, the colour pink in the form of ribbons are sold. Many celebrities and sporting codes support these efforts by wearing pink or using pink accessories and sports products.”

Early detection is encouraged among those at risk through regular breast self-examinations as well as annual mammograms and ultrasonic checks. “About 90 per cent of patients survive for many years after diagnosis when breast cancer is detected at the early stages.”

Men are also encouraged to support their wives and daughters in this process. “It must not only be a women’s journey because in many cases women lose their self-esteem or even suffer from depression when breasts have to be removed because of cancer.”

Women are encouraged to educate themselves about breast cancer, attend regular checks and look out for the following:

  • Change in the size, outline or shape of breasts
  • Change in the look or feel of the skin like puckering or dimpling
  • New lump, thickening or bumpy area in one breast or armpit that is different from the other side
  • Nipple discharge that is not milky
  • Bleeding from the nipple
  • Moist, red area on nipple that doesn’t heal easily
  • Change in nipple position like pulling in or pointing differently
  • Rash on or around the nipple
  • Any discomfort or pain in one breast that does not go away.

Details: Virgilj@joburg.org.za

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