CANSA and ILoveBoobies Make Screening Accessible on Mandela Day
11 July 2019 – Staff and volunteers from CANSA in Boland and Worcester are excited to partner with ‘ILoveBoobies’ on Mandela Day to bring health and cancer screening to female farm labourers who otherwise would not have easy access to these services. On 18 July, CANSA and the ILoveBoobies team will be visiting the farm Dankbaar outside Ceres to screen 67 women. Screening will also be done at Lebombo, a farm in Wellington, where close to 100 ladies will be screened with the aid of CANSA nurses.
Kim Webb, of ILoveBoobies adds, “ILoveBoobies is a non-profit organisation that hand-in-hand with CANSA raises funds to provide health screenings to ladies in rural areas of South Africa where state facilities are hard to access. We’re so glad that our Mandela day 67 minutes initiative takes us to farms in Ceres and Wellington and we can screen 167 women. Recent screenings have left us alarmed at the high prevalence of ladies that have needed further testing, we need to mobilise this initiative with urgency.”
Gretchen Minnaar, CANSA’s Service Delivery Coordinator explains, “CANSA is excited to be part of this initiative and offering screening as we believe early detection is critical and improves treatment outcomes. We’ll be conducting clinical breast examinations and doing healthy lifestyle risk assessments to give advice on leading a balanced lifestyle to lower the cancer risk. And we’ll also do anti-tobacco education using the Smokelyzer device – carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless, toxic gas that is formed during tobacco smoking and can be measured in the exhaled air of smokers using the Smokerlyzer. It helps to measure harm caused by an individual smoking or from being exposed to someone else smoking.”
ILoveBoobies will cover the cost of the nurses and providing each woman that is screened with a pair of ILoveBoobies socks, juice and a small snack. CANSA and Ilove Boobies encourage all to be involved and help by generously supporting this project – make an online donation on https://www.givengain.com/c/iloveboobiesza/donate/ or send out 67 emails in 67 minutes asking for a R67 donation that can be made this link. Or do a social media post asking friends to donate R67. For more info, mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please contact Lucy Balona, Head: Marketing and Communication at CANSA at email email@example.com. Call 011 616 7662 or mobile 082 459 5230.
CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer. CANSA is a leading role-player in cancer research and the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes, as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public. Our health programmes comprise health and education campaigns; CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer; stoma and other clinical support; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support. We also supply patient care and support in the form of 12 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.
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