Breast cancer walk for Bulawayo

Pink Aware Breast Cancer Association will, Saturday, hold a breast cancer awareness to raise awareness on the disease and to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The walk will start from Hartsfield Rugby Stadium at 6 am ending with a health and fun day at the starting point.

This is the third breast cancer awareness campaign walk to be held by the association since 2016.

In Zimbabwe cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality with over 5000 cases and about 1500 deaths recorded per year.

In an interview with CITE, Munyaradzi Chinguwa the organizer of the event said the walk is to raise awareness on breast cancer as well as other deadly diseases.

“The idea is to spread awareness on breast cancer, we will show people how to do a breast examination in order for them to be able to examine themselves,” said Chinguwa.

“After the walk we will have a health day where there will be free cancer screening, we will also check people for diabetes, BP, eye-sight problems, and cervical cancer however there will be no screening for it.”

He said the campaign walk will include breast cancer survivors who will share their stories and encourage people to get examined earlier for the disease.

“We will invite breast cancer survivors who will talk about how important it is to dictate if one has breast cancer sooner than later because early detection is key,” said Chinguwa.

The organizer said there will be a fun day incorporated as well which will provide entertainment for the participants.

“We will have dance, music, theatre, comedy and a raffle draw with plenty of prizes to be won,” said he said.

Chinguwa added: “So far about 500 people have registered and we are expecting more or less of that number.”

One registered participant, Cynthia Nyakonda said has roped in her friends to participate in the walk.

“People have been asking how to register for this walk and there has been a positive response because of the screening services that will be offered on the day,” said Nyakonda.

“We will be talking to pedestrians during the walk and offering them pamphlets to read and know more about breast cancer.”

Meanwhile, MDC-T president Thokozani Khupe who is a cancer survivor, will also lead a breast cancer walk in Bulawayo on Saturday.

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