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BREAST CANCER REMAINS SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN, SAYS PRESIDENT ZUMA
PRETORIA, March 2 (NNN-SA NEWS) -- Breast cancer remains a serious problem for women and it is crucial that South Africa pays utmost attention to the cancer as it affects scores of women in the country, says President Jacob Zuma.

Cancer is emerging as one of the major public health problems, not only in the country but in Africa as a whole, the President said at the launch here Sunday of the Warriors Walk for Cancer initiative led by First Lady Tobeka Madiba-Zuma’s foundation.

“The rates of breast and cervical cancer in the developing countries are rapidly increasing due to the impact of risk factors associated with changing lifestyles,” said President Zuma, who noted that women in Africa suffered in many cases from non-responsive health services but perhaps what was more disturbing was the fear and stigma associated with cancer.

“Women suffer from being discriminated against by their communities, ostracized by their partners or husbands and painful deaths from cancer, cultural barriers and taboo about surgery, especially of the breast,” said President Zuma. He added that beyond the government, civil society initiatives were also helpful in raising awareness and providing support to women.

“We have to mobilise much of our resources as a collective to ensure that we eradicate breast and cervical cancer. Government, through the Department of Health, is already doing this," he added.

“One of the important interventions is ensuring that our women have equitable access to quality healthcare. Crucial is ensuring that women are diagnosed early enough to save their lives,” he said. The Tobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation's Annual Warriors Walk for Cancer contributes to raising awareness about cancer.

Noting that most cancers, including breast and cervical cancer, were attributable to lifestyle choices such bad eating, smoking, alcohol abuse, among others, President Zuma urged people to take responsibility for their health and assist government in the fight against illnesses.

“We cannot act irresponsibly and smoke, drink alcohol, not exercise and put on excess weight. If we do so, we place our lives at risk for the early onset of these non- communicable diseases so largely preventable.”

President Zuma said citizens needed to meet government half way in attempts to strengthen preventive measures, re-emphasising that "Prevention is better than cure”. -- NNN-SA NEWS
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