Zimbabwe in this month of October joins the rest of the world in celebrating â€œBreast Cancer Awareness Monthâ€ â€“ a period set aside to raise awareness on breast cancer in both women and men.
The Cancer Association of Zimbabwe Knowledge Manager, Tafadzwa Chigariro says the idea of the â€˜Breast Cancer Awareness Monthâ€ was adopted from South Africa and inspired by the success of related health commemorations such as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which originated in America.
â€œEvery 7th of October we have what is known as the â€˜Pink Dayâ€™. On that day, people wear pink clothing or accessories and donate towards breast cancer work.
â€œIn October everyone is encouraged to wear a ‘pink ribbon’. The pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons and the colour pink in general, identify the wearer or promoter with the breast cancer brand and express moral support for women with breast cancer,â€ he said.
Chigariro said other activities in October include a Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner Dance on the 7th, an OK Mart Golf Day on the 20th and a flagship run at the University of Zimbabwe on the 30th, among others.
The Cancer Association of Zimbabwe is a non-profit making organisation committed to raising cancer awareness and improving the quality of life of patients and their families.
The Association was established in 1959 in Bulawayo and in 1961 in Harare by a group of cancer survivors and volunteers to provide information and support to people identified with a cancer. It is entirely supported by donations from Zimbabweans.
Chigariro also said while they work with the media, churches and the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare to reach out to cancer victims around Zimbabwe, resource constraints continue to limit their effort to impact remote communities.