The Sunday Mail
Sunday Mail Reporter
THERE is need for regular check-ups and self-examinations to detect and prevent cancer, as well as extending the campaign to fight the disease beyond the designated month of October, First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL) has said.
The financial services group recently organised a cancer awareness event in Harare on October 13.
This initiative, which ran under the theme “With you, for you”, was meant to encourage early screening and raise awareness on the ongoing battle against breast cancer.
It also emphasised the importance of fighting the disease beyond the designated month of October.
In her welcoming remarks at the event, FMHL group marketing and strategy executive Ms Farayi Mangwende said the event was an opportunity to show each other support, learn and get information to fight against breast cancer.
“Cancer is a disease that affects millions of women worldwide, and it can happen to anyone. It is a life-altering event and when it does happen to you, it can hurt you physically, emotionally and financially,” she said.
“The good thing is there are various treatment options and early detection gives you a higher chance of survival. That is why First Mutual Holdings Limited is promoting awareness around early cancer screening.”
A renowned expert on breast cancer, Dr Chiratidzo Jeyacheya, emphasised the importance of early detection in preventing breast cancer through self-examination, breast clinical examinations at least once a year, as well as conducting breast ultrasound scans and mammograms.
“Breast cancer is a battle that requires continuous effort and awareness. It is important to note that cancer develops in steps and it doesn’t happen overnight, so we can capitalise on that through screening, checks and early detection,” she said.
Those who attended the event were afforded the opportunity to undergo breast cancer screening and receive counselling.
FMHL’s campaign also leverages on radio and social media channels to amplify the message to a wider audience.
Breast cancer affects both men and women.