Western Cape Health Minister commemorates Breast Cancer month

Media Advisory:

On Monday, 26 October 2015, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo will commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month in support of those living with breast cancer and families who lost loved ones to this disease.

Minister Mbombo will visit the Pink Drive Mobile Breast Clinic at Mitchells Plain Hospital. She will address the women on the importance of early detection as well as services available at our facilities.

The incidence of breast cancer is increasing and it is one of the most common cancers among women in South Africa. Global statistics site that 1 in 8 women get breast cancer, in the Western Cape approximately 1 in 12. At Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) between 10 and 20 new breast cancers are diagnosed every week.?

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women. It is a highly relevant disease, for which systematic approaches to early detection, diagnosis and treatment must be implemented to improve outcomes. In the Western Cape, this trend is echoed by the incidence of women diagnosed with Breast cancer (41.3%) and cancer related deaths (23.8%).

At the Pink Drive event will be an opportunity for photographs and interviews with cancer survivors.

Media is invited to attend.

DATE:               Monday, 26 October 2014

TIME:                11: 00 – 12:00

VENUE:             Mitchells Plain Hospital, 8 A Z Berman Dr, Lentegeur