Posted on October 8, 2019
As we usher in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which traditionally occurs in the month of October, we need to be cognizant of the importance of ensuring any and all awareness campaigns reach the poor and marginalized who do not always have access to the best healthcare.
It is critically important that we ensure that in sub-economic areas that sufficient awareness is created so that women are better prepared to meet their daily healthcare challenges.
Breast cancer among South African women is increasing. It is one of the most common cancers among women in the country. Early detection of the condition is therefore critical and can lead to effective treatment and a positive prognosis. Approximately 90% of patients survive for many years after diagnosis when breast cancer is detected in its early stages.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the majority of women who die from breast cancer live in low- and middle-income countries, where most women are diagnosed in late stages due to a variety of factors. This includes limited awareness, and lack of access to timely, affordable and effective diagnosis and treatment.
The Muslim Judicial Council (SA), joins broader civil society and government in a nationwide drive to raise awareness of this debilitating disease that affects a large portion of our communities.
The MJC (SA) Women’s Forum will undertake a programme to engage, educate and raise awareness on breast cancer through one of its flagship programmes, #PinkHijabDay on Wednesday 30 October 2019. Additional details of the event will be communicated closer to the date.
Issued by Shaykh Isgaak Taliep
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