[ON THE REAL]Breast cancer awareness month

On Breast cancer awareness month, Agenda Feminist Media (AFM) saw this as a chance to teach or rather have a conversation with women about breast cancer and how they can spot its symptoms.

They did a research about breast cancer and this is what they found:

  •  Pains in the armpits or breast that does not change with the monthly cycle
  •  Pitting or redness of the skin of the breast, like the skin of an orange
  • Rash around or on one of the nipples
  • Discharge from a nipple, possibly containing blood
  • Sunken or inverted nipple
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Peeling, flaking, or scaling of the skin on the breast or nipple

“Most lumps are not cancerous, but women should have them checked by a health care professional.”

According to the Medical News Today, Cancer is staged according to the size of the tumour and whether it has spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body. There are different ways of staging breast cancer. One way is from stage 0 to 4, but these may be broken down into smaller stages.
Since October is breast cancer awareness month there are plenty of campaigns one can join to spread awareness about cancer. Organisations such as CANSA run initiatives that educate people about cancer and where they can go for check-ups and treatments. You can visit their website at www.cansa.org.za

There is also the PinkDrive. PinkDrive currently runs four “Pink” mobile breast check units, as well as nine educational cars. All units travel to semi-urban and urban areas around South Africa with the aim of enabling numerous disadvantaged communities’ access to diagnostic mammography screening, education, physical examinations and how to do breast self-examination. You can visit their websit+e at: www.pinkdrive.co.za

Listen to the clip below for more information:

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Written by Agenda Feminist Media|Audio by Mndaba Lindelani



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