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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Raising awareness about breast cancer

AWARENESS: MITS students raised awareness about breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. AWARENESS: MITS students raised awareness about breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women in South Africa and the Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences Department recently arranged a range of activities to raise awareness of the disease. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and clinical instructor Charne Martin said one of the goals of the activities, which were arranged by first-year radiation therapy students, was to promote breast self-examination.

The activities included cupcake sales to raise money for oncology patients’ transport funds, examining “breast phantoms” for lumps, and pop a balloon games where students could pop a balloon and answer a question about breast cancer to win a prize.

Pamphlets explaining to students how to do a breast cancer exam were also handed out, while students could place their handprints on a canvas to show support.

According to the World Health Organization breast cancer impacts 2.1 million women each year, and also causes the greatest number of cancer-related deaths among women.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.