October is considered as the breast cancer awareness month across the globe and in Zimbabwe the whole month is celebrated by both men and women. Meanwhile a recent research suggests that men are also exposed to the silent killer disease as a result it is of greater importance to get screened today.
Accordingly, former Deputy Prime Minister and president of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party DR Thokozani Khupe was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and become a breast cancer survivor living with only one breast.
Since Khupe was diagnosed she formed the Thokozani Khupe Cancer Foundation an organization that works with people who have cancer and bringing awareness to their communities. The organization however has held a breast cancer awareness walk in Bulawayo today under theme ‘EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES ‘.
The founder of the Thokozani Khupe Foundation encourages all women and men to be breast cancer aware by continuously feeling their breast so that they would detect anything unusual and to get timely necessary treatment and should not fear their community when they get diagnosed with breast cancer .
“I say no to stigmatization to those who are diagnosed and they must not be afraid anyhow of what the people will say “said the cancer activist.
The Thokozani Khupe Cancer Foundation insisted during their awareness walk that as women and men during self-examination of their breast, some early signs of breast cancer to look out for include having a lump in one’s breast, painful breast or armpits or a discharge from the nipple.
People are urged that self-examination does not replace ones regular visit to the doctor for a mammogram test where possible.