Participants stamp on cancer during wellness walk

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​​​​​The City of Johannesburg Public Health, Gauteng Public Health and South Africa United Against Cancer (SAUAC) hosted a Cancer Awareness Walk at Zoo Lake in Parkview on October 29, 2022.

October is known as Breast Cancer Month in South Africa.

The walk raised awareness of all types of cancer and encouraged regular screening, as earlier detection is crucial.

Zanozuko Mbane, deputy regional director of the city’s health department, said: “The aim was to educate the community about cancer.

We also conducted various screenings including TB, diabetes, HIV and blood pressure tests while accommodating women and men

Pap smear and prostate cancer test.”

Participants were encouraged about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Gauteng MEC for Health, Nomantu Nkomo Ralehoko and Acting MMC for Health and Social Development Cllr Roland Harris cut the ribbon to start the 5km Wellness Walk Against Cancer.

“The idea of ​​the walk is to convey the message that if we talk about cancer, it can be beaten

by raising awareness,” said MMC Harris.

One of SAUAC’s members, Tshepang Luchaba, said the event was also a fundraiser.

Educational exercise for the organization.

“The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about cancer, but above all it is the goal

Raise funds so these cancer survivors have the financial support for the things they have

to need.”

One of the participants shared his experience of how cancer had affected him.

“My sister is a cancer survivor. It was hard to watch her lose so much of herself through this illness.

This walk was the best way to raise awareness and show people that you can survive

and fight this disease together,” said Olie Baca.

Written by Abongile Guntu

10/31/2022

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