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Free breast cancer screening on offer

Tomorrow marks the 2nd day of the breast cancer awareness month for the year 2017 and women from all walks of life are taking advantage of the breast cancer examination services that are on offer at various health facilities and at the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe where women are being screened free of charge, as part of efforts to save the number of women succumbing to the disease.

According to research conducted, one in eight women is likely to develop breast cancer.

The Cancer Association of Zimbabwe is offering free breast cancer screening services until the 31st of this month.

The free breast examination programme is part of commemorations to mark the month of October.

Those who are coming in for the examinations are being alerted on signs that they should look out for that include but are not limited to a lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue, bloody discharge from the nipple, change in the size or shape of a breast and inverted nipple among other signs.

If symptoms are caught early enough treatment can be very affective.

Last year in October more than 1 320 women were examined for breast cancer at the Cancer Association.

There are two main types of breast cancer, the non-invasive which is found in the ducts of the breast and invasive breast cancer which is the most common type and develops in the cells that line the breast ducts.

Men can also get breast cancer but it is much rarer.