Department of Health 05/02/2020 - 12:39
In commemoration of Cancer Month, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) hosted their annual Pink Walk at the facility last Friday.Under the theme #PitchUpInPink an estimated 400 participants, clad in pink, took part in the 3km walk around the hospital in efforts to raise greater awareness around the disease.Speaking of the significance of the initiative, hospital CEO, Gladys Bogoshi said: “Today, is truly a monumental day for us as a hospital. After hosting the Pink Walk for the past three years, I can gladly say that we are growing significantly in driving the message to the public.”“This year, our emphasis is on early detection as diagnosis of breast cancer breeds a far higher chance of a positive outcome. The aim is to contribute towards a quicker diagnosis, through awareness and education. And added purpose of the day, is to appeal to our male counterparts to also start being mindful of the disease as its also prevalent in men,” she added.For breast cancer survivor, Phindile Ndlovu (65) the walk personified her own personal journey with the disease. The pensioner was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 after she confesses to not paying attention to a reoccurring lump on her right breast.“I wish to encourage all; young and old, to test themselves regularly for any irregularities and lumps on their breasts to detect a looming cancer in time for medical intervention. I’ve had an extensive battle with the disease, as a result of ignoring the symptoms six years ago but glad it was early stages and managed to undergo laser treatment in the nick of time. I dedicate my walk today to all those affected by the disease,” said the pensioner.The walk was in partnership with Cricket South Africa, AfriSam, Momentum, Sun International, Imperial, Estee Lauder, The Star newspaper and Unjani Clinic.All proceeds from the Pink Walk will go towards the hospital’s Breast Clinic.The CMJAH Breast Clinic is a surgical clinic that provides a specialised breast service to various hospitals and primary healthcare clinics within the Gauteng province’s referral cluster and diagnoses more than 350 new breast cancer cases a year.
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