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City hosts breast cancer awareness month event<p>​</p><span><p>According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. In South Africa, the incidence of breast cancer among women is increasing.</p><p>It is for this reason that public and private healthcare structures conduct ongoing awareness and education, but particularly in October, which is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness month.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:946px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>'Every woman needs to examine her breasts and underarms regularly every month. Should you notice any changes in your breasts during these self-examinations, let your healthcare provider  know. The early detection of breast cancer is one of the most critical undertakings to treat the disease successfully, and why screening is so important,' said the Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.</p><p>Some tests for breast cancer can be done at clinic level, otherwise the health professional will refer residents to breast clinics at either Tygerberg or Groote Schuur hospital.</p><p>More than 200 community members were invited to attend the City's event, including two residents who shared their personal journey with cancer.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:893px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>'For many people, breast cancer awareness month is also a difficult reminder of their personal experience with the disease, and the many lives that we have lost to it. We need to emphasise the importance of reducing the stigma around cancer, and breast cancer in particular, through education on symptoms and treatment. One of our top priorities in City Health is educating women on what they can do to be proactive with their breast health. Knowledge and early detection save lives,' added Councillor Van der Ross.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:658px;" /> </figure><strong>​​End</strong></span><p><br></p>2022-10-12T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#5fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab;L0|#05fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab|Health;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#451b0938-6a1c-44de-9289-cd947ac044f3;L0|#0451b0938-6a1c-44de-9289-cd947ac044f3|World health organisations10

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