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The Zimbabwe Women’s resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN) joins the rest of the world in commemorating the month of October as the breast cancer awareness month. In creating awareness around breast cancer, ZWRCN asks all women to take time to practice breast self-examination (BSE) regularly as this can lead to earlier diagnosis of breast cancer. Men can also get breast cancer.

Women can go for a mammogram or can go for screening through their doctors. A mammography exam also called a mammogram, aids in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. It is a specific type of breast imaging that uses low-dose x-rays to detect cancer early before women experience symptoms when it is most treatable. Women are therefore advised to visit their doctors and explain any symptoms or problems.

When going for a mammography, specialists recommend that one should not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under their arms or on their breasts as these may appear on the mammogram and interfere with correct diagnosis. Take an important step in life and get screened. According to research with early detection and improved treatments more women are surviving breast cancer. Today, women have more treatment options than ever before.

In this time when we are commemorating breast cancer awareness month, let us not forget our sisters who are affected. It is important to note that being diagnosed with breast cancer is a life-changing experience. Therefore, let us be our sisters’ comforters as this can give them strength and inspiration to fight a good fight. It is my call, your call and together we can fight breast cancer.


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