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 More than just a pink walk

NYASHADZAISHE RUSHWAYA

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.

When one registers for the ongoing walks and events you are joining one community to ending breast cancer just imagine the impact of these community initiatives and witness the differences we can make together.

 When we raise one more dollar, take one more step and share one more story.

It was more than just a pink walk for Masvingo Province on the 4th of December as many individuals including family and friends came together to celebrate breast and prostate cancer, survivors, and honour those who have passed away from the disease.

The event was also meant to raise funds that support research and vital support services for breast cancer patients, including research, screening and diagnostics, and patient navigation services.

 Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide and the leading cause of cancer death in women. It disproportionately affects individuals in low and middle-income countries.

Breast cancer five-year survival rates in high-income countries exceed 90 percent compared to 66 percent in India and 40 percent in South Africa.

“We are excited to have the community join us this year at the More than a Pink Walk in Masvingo. The walk to make a difference in our fight against breast cancer in our community,” ‘said Rudo ‘Lulu’ Shoko one of the event planners in Masvingo

“Continuing to support individuals going through breast cancer in our community is critical to our mission and it is clear that our services are needed as the demand increases,” she said.

The campaign continues the following Saturday, 11 December, with organizers urging people to get tested with the Wezhira Huyai Titandare.

The event will take place at the 18km along Great Zimbabwe Road.  Comedians, DJs and MCs will be available and this place will be specifically for ladies after the recognition that ladies are always at the receiving end of most cancers.

Imagine the impact we can make towards ending breast cancer when we come together as one to fund research, increase access to care, support our community and commit action. However, it is our wish that the business community will be available at these cancer events being lined up.

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