Do you only think of breast cancer in October?
When last did you examine your breast whether in the comfort of your home or by means of a mammogram? From the chats I have had with my friends about the subject I realise that we don’t know enough about it and worse we are not interested because it really does not affect us. It’s more an issue of I will cross that bridge when and if I get to it. That is indeed a real shame because there is obviously value in the knowledge.
I must say I myself am guilty of taking things for granted where cancer and or breast cancer is concerned. For a person with a history of the disease in my family you would think I would be alert and clued up. Over the past two days, I had to do research on breast cancer for interviews I had to conduct with a mother who had to tell her very young children that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and the process of breaking it down to her very young kids.
I was really encouraged by Babalwa Malgaas’s approach to it and how she involved her children in what she was going through. Yesterday I spoke to Dr Carol Ann Benn who is an expert in Breast cancer. She spoke about how nowadays she treats young women of 18 years and someone as old as 96 years of breast cancer, with the number of black woman she sees on the rise. What was really interesting was that in South Africa two percent of men have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The scary part is that their daughters became at risk. So what I’m really trying to say is get yourself checked, watch what you eat, exercise and Join KayaFM and the Justine iThemba Walkerthon on the 27th of October to raise awareness about breast cancer.