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.
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?
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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: