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Fallen heroes remembered during Breast Cancer Month

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As Breast Cancer Month concluded at the end of October, the Northern Cape Substance Abuse Treatment Centre in Kimberley, under the Department of Social Development, commemorated the month by not only spreading awareness about cancer, but also remembering those who have lost the fight against cancer.

Staff members from the Northern Cape Substance Abuse Treatment Centre in Kimberley commemorated Breast Cancer Month by hosting a fun walk. Picture: Supplied

AS BREAST Cancer Month concluded at the end of October, the Northern Cape Substance Abuse Treatment Centre in Kimberley, under the Department of Social Development, commemorated the month by not only spreading awareness about cancer but also remembering those who have lost the fight against cancer.

The centre hosted a fun walk along the Douglas road to spread the message about early detection.

“The purpose of the day was to remember those who have died of cancer. We will remember those who have died as strong warriors who fought until the end,” the centre said in a statement.

“Many cancer patients have to endure severe pain and discomfort when they are undergoing treatment, but many come out victorious. Even those who may not have had a clean cancer reading and have died are also victorious as the treatment process did not scare them.

“Through this event we wish to encourage many people, men and women, to go for regular check-ups in order for any possible cancer to be detected from an early stage. There are still people who believe that breast cancer only affects women, however, there are also men who are detected with breast cancer.

“Though the number of breast cancer patients is higher in women than in men, we advise men to also go for check-ups as it also affects males. We believe in early detection as it can save lives.

“Awareness about cancer should not be seen as an annual event, but the message and available services to patients should be highlighted throughout the year on a daily basis. It is heartbreaking to hear that there are some patients who had no access to information or about someone who was suffering in isolation.

“Those who are fighting cancer need the support of their families, friends, loved ones and even the community. It is that support that makes the fight worth it for many patients,” the centre said.

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