SA women encouraged to screen for breast cancer

SA women encouraged to screen for breast cancer

The Cancer Association of South Africa - along with other organisations including the Pink Drive - is encouraging women to go for screening this Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Breast Cancer awareness campaign
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Breast cancer is the leading cancer affecting South African women and experts say the risk increases with age. 

Former UKZN medicine professor, Jamila Aboobaker is encouraging women over the age of 35 to go for regular screenings.

"Women should examine their breasts at the same time of the month - every month. If they feel any lumps, they should go to the doctor especially if they have a family history of breast cancer. 

"That increases the chances of developing breast cancer so it's even more important that they are screened," Aboobaker said.  

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