North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha together with employees from the Department of Health will on Tuesday, 27 October 2020 lead a march from the provincial health Head Office in Mahikeng Industrial to Mahikeng Taxi Rank to raise Breast Cancer Awareness and the importance of early detection.
The month of October is declared Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the theme for this year is “Give Hope. Save Lives”. There are about 1.38 million new cases worldwide and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year.
Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising up steadily in the recent years due to increase in life expectancy.
In South Africa breast cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst women of all races with a lifetime risk of 1 in 25 women developing breast cancer according to the national cancer registry of 2016.
The WHO has warned that the incidence and mortality rate of breast cancer in low to middle income countries, such as South Africa, is rising due to delayed presentations.
Source: Government of South Africa