Men should play a role in detecting early signs of breast cancer: Lillian Dube

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Veteran actress and cancer survivor Lillian Dube who was recently honoured by The Tshwane University of Technology for Drama and Film production called on men to take part in helping to detect early signs of breast cancer.

Speaking at the iThemba Walkathon on Sunday Dube said: “Men you must suck on your women’s breast in that order you will be able to detect if there is something wrong with your woman’s breasts”.

With breast cancer being the second leading cause of cancer death among women, different people all over the country came out in numbers in support of the initiative hosted by the manufacturer of the cosmetic product Avon Justine.

Dube expressed her joy at the success of the event adding that she was overwhelmed about how people have responded to the call.

“Today is the happiest day of my life because every year I take part in the event but this year the attendance is overwhelming. I’ve never seen so many people and for me its an achievement because it is all about awareness.

Women who were part of the walk were urged to take a mammogram which can detect early symptoms of breast cancer or even pre-cancer signs that enable doctors to prevent or minimise the impact of the condition.

“Cancer if detected and treated early can be beaten. So a lot of people die because they don’t know what to look for so I have taken the initiative to teach people about a self-breast examination before the age of 40 and after 40 yearly mammograms.

“Many people have been educated today and all of these people when they leave today they are going to go outside and teach other people about what they need to know about breast cancer,” she said.

Established in 2006 over 500 people attended the inaugural walk, and ten years later, in 2016 the walk had already surpassed its previous record of 25 500, with 30 000 taking part.

Over 19.4 million women aged 15 years and older live at-risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer and in 2013, deaths from breast cancer and cancers of the female genital tract accounted for 0.7% and 1% of all deaths in the country.

-Simangele Legodi 

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