Story By : Tumelo Sekwele
Breast cancer among South African women is increasing and it is one of the most common cancers among women in South Africa.
Dischem pharmacies, Meisie Motaung Foundation, Childhood cancer organization and Maria Ronto Clinic partnered up together on Saturday 26 October 2019 at Soshanguve‘s Christ centred church in Block L, to create the Women Imbizo Movement and the Cancer Awareness Aerobics & Talk Drive under the theme “ With all our themes and flaws we still matter”.
Marie Makwakwa a community activist shared her journey on how cancer affected her life , she said she lost close people to this disease which made her to become a cancer ambassador.
“I organise talks around the community, I was diagnosed with cancer last year November 30,” she said.
Girlie Khoza from New Eersterus, Hammanskraal spoke about the day she did a self-examination and found a lump.
“I then went to the hospital to do tests and I was told I have breast cancer and today I stand before you as a cancer survivor. I have fully recovered,” said Khoza
Lebogang Mokoena, recently found out that she has breast cancer and she is determined to beat the deadly disease.
“l have already done tests, I went to Steve Biko academic hospital formerly known as (H.F Verwoerd hospital) where I was transferred to Botshilu private hospital to do further tests.
She acknowledged the support she gets from her family and friends including Marie Makwakwa.
Lerato Mokwele a cancer survivor spoke about how having cancer made her a victim of stigma.
“I was discriminated in my community because people did not know what cancer is and they did not understand what I was going through. That is when I knew that there must be more cancer awareness campaigns that will educate the masses about this deadly disease,” she said.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October.