Bulawayo – The Thokozani Khupe Cancer Foundation led by politician and cancer activist Thokozani Khupe has stepped up its efforts in championing breast cancer awareness through a walk scheduled for Saturday morning.
The walk will start at the Large City Hall car park and ends at the same location after a one to two kilometer walk in the central business district.
Their main focus is to encourage women to detect the disease early to avoid catastrophic complications.
Khupe who is very passionate about cancer issues openly disclosed that she lost one breast to cancer in 2011, after being diagnosed in the same year.
The awareness themed under ‘early detection saves lives’ comes in the month of October which is the international month for breast cancer awareness.
In a statement released by the Foundation women are encouraged to detect the disease early so as to save lives.Part of the statement read:
“The sad reality in Africa, women only discover that they have breast cancer or any other cancers when the disease is already in its later stage 3 or 4, by which time chances of survival would have been greatly reduced.”
“The TKCF encourages all women to take control of their health by continuously feeling their breast so that they would detect anything unusual and get timely treatment.
As women self-examine their breast, some of the early signs of breast cancer to look out for include having a lump in one’s breast or armpit, or a discharge from the nipple.
However self-examination of breast cancer symptoms doesn’t replace one’s regular visits to the doctor for a mammogram test where possible.”
In commemorating breast cancer awareness month, all participants in the march are requested to be dressed in pink.