Run For a Cure Africa seeks to dispel myths and stigmas associated with breast cancer. They accomplish this through community outreaches at churches, through local fitness associations, specially developed materials, and providing speaking opportunities of their Pink Fighter Survivors
Run For a Cure Africa hosts breast cancer screening exercises in all three countries at no cost to the participants. During several intervals in the year, Run For a Cure Africa collaborates with local hospitals and doctors to provide breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and information.
In 2012, the Pink Fighter’s Club was born. This club was formed to support women who cannot afford to pay for breast cancer treatment and to help these same women and their families shoulder the emotional and psychological burden breast cancer presents in a developing nation.
It was through our close work with our Pink Fighters that we realized an alarming fact. The public hospitals where they go for treatment, sometimes go on strike. When this happens, their treatment also goes on strike. For that reason, Run For a Cure Africa is fighting hard to establish a Pink Fighter’s Clinic where these women can go to receive uninterrupted and focused care.
According to a study conducted by doctors Adesunkanmi, Lawal, Adelusola, and Durosimi (2005), a majority of their patients in the southern region of Nigeria do not come for treatment until their cancer has reached the advanced stages (stage 3 and 4).
Late stage breast cancer detection in Nigeria and all of Africa is attributed to the negative social stigma of the disease in society, lack of awareness in developing countries, and access to health services (World Health Organization, 2011)
What is Run For a Cure Africa (RFCA) doing about it?
If you or someone you know needs help with screening or treatment, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Modify and avoid risk factors (World Health Organization, 2011)
More than 30% of cancer could be prevented by modifying or avoiding key risk factors, including:
Give yourself a breast exam each month.
Get a mammography screening once a year after the age of 40, earlier if you have a higher risk. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks (heredity, environmental, etc.)
Notice the warning signs: