Written By: Cansa - https://www.cansa.org.za
The official colour of breast cancer awareness month is pink, so join in and wear pink!
CANSA highlights the importance of screening and early detection for breast cancer as part of its Women's Health Campaign this October. Apart from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women of all races.
How women can reduce their cancer risk:
• Be aware of the importance of the early detection of cancer. This enables more effective treatment and a better chance of recovery.
• Acknowledge the importance of a healthy balanced lifestyle, no tobacco use, being sun smart, preventative screening, and avoiding known cancer-causing factors.
• We also encourage women to reduce their risk of female cancers by adhering to the following: Avoiding hormone therapy and consulting a healthcare professional for advice on appropriate screening tests if there is a family history of cancer.
Ways to support the fight against cancer in 2019:
• The 2019 Pink Trees for Pauline campaign will, like last year, give the public and business sector double the opportunity to raise funds to support cancer patients in their communities.
• Purchase the signature pink material or a stunning doek and show your support. 'Doek with a difference' is an exciting way for the business sector to become involved to make a difference in the cancer communities of South Africa. The head wraps or scarves are sold for R70 each. They are also available in green. Pink fabric and 'doeks' are available at all CANSA Care Centres country-wide.
It is the support of this wonderful campaign that has allowed CANSA to do even more for patients. We encourage the public to support us again this year with the wrapping of trees or wearing of their trendy 'doeks'. This is motivation enough to get everyone involved with this cause. The 'Doek with a Difference' initiative will run until 31 October 2019. CANSA will recycle all used material.
In 2018 'Pink Trees for Pauline' reached more than 100 towns with an estimated population of 4,5 million of which more than 75% are from informal townships and poor-resource families.