Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in Zimbabwe affecting women (according to 2012 statistics, the third most common, after Cervical cancer and Kaposi’s Sarcoma), and the third most common cause of death among those cancers. It’s such a devastating disease because women tend to present when it’s too late. The heartbreak when one has to look a patient in the eyes and say, “There’s nothing we can do.” The trauma of sitting and pretty much having to wait to die.
One of my colleagues sent me this informative YouTube video on breast cancer, and, on her request, I’m sharing it on my blog:
For this reason, October has been chosen as Breast Cancer Awareness month worldwide, to encourage women to get screened for breast cancer. Zimbabwean organisations have also joined in to give women greater access to screening and education so they can be treated in time, if need be.
So, here is a list of places you can get screened for breast cancer. The list is not exhaustive; as more organisations make themselves know, I’ll update the list, and continue to share this post. Let every woman in your family know.
West End Clinic
Hatcliffe Clinic is offering free breast screening on the 7th of October from 9am to 2pm.
Address: 1064 1st street, Hatcliffe
Tel: (04) 860562
Cancer Association of Zimabawe
Cancer Association of Zimbabwe is offering breast cancer up to the 31st of October for only a dollar.
Population Services Zimbabwe
Breast Cancer screening is happening there as well for $5. Go there today:
Address: 9 Bisley Circle
Tel: (04) 740558
Mpilo Hospital is also offering breast cancer screening in Bulawayo for free.
Let me know of any other places I may have left out, that we spread the word. Let’s get screened for breast cancer.
Until next time… your Quarter Wife.