Work­shop on can­cer

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TO kick­start Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month, the Amath­ole Dis­trict Amadoda Fo­rum (ADAF) held a “Breast Can­cer Aware­ness – Even in Men” work­shop at their of­fices in East Lon­don on Mon­day.

ADAF is an in­for­mal gath­er­ing of male em­ploy­ees within the Depart­ment of Sport, Recre­ation, and Arts & Cul­ture (DSRAC) in the Amath­ole Dis­trict and con­sists of el­derly men who give guid­ance to younger men on how to con­duct them­selves in the work­place.

ADAF Co­or­di­na­tor Thu­lani Mankayi said the main aim of the event was to equip men to be­come care­givers by sup­port­ing women in ways to pre­vent, de­tect and treat can­cer.

“The role of a man as a pro­tec­tor should en­sure the safety of women and chil­dren at all times and they should not shy away from pa­tri­ar­chal prac­tises,” he said.

Ex­perts from Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa (Cansa) joined in the work­shop.

Reg­is­tered nurse and com­mu­nity mo­biliser at Cansa Donne Bur­rows em­pha­sised a healthy diet and reg­u­lar ex­er­cise. She also added that al­co­hol had now topped the list as a “num­ber one car­cino­gen” (can­cer caus­ing agent).

“About 90% of all can­cer is caused by what we take in­side our bod­ies and the en­vi­ron­ment,” she said. Bur­rows also touched on cer­vi­cal and prostate can­cer.

Dur­ing the di­a­logues, ADAF rep­re­sen­ta­tive Thu­lani Bukani high­lighted the chal­lenges faced by male youth hav­ing to take care of a mother or a daugh­ter who suf­fers from can­cer.

“Un­for­tu­nately ig­no­rance by men has in the past left them clue­less when they are faced with some­one suf­fer­ing from breast can­cer. As ADAF we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to ed­u­cate our so­ci­ety on is­sues of health. We be­lieve in be­ing the change we want to see, so we felt it is im­por­tant to em­power our­selves and oth­ers on the sub­ject in or­der to ad­vo­cate for the cause in our in­di­vid­ual so­cial cir­cles and net­works.

“It is im­por­tant that those who are close to op­por­tu­ni­ties utilise them to help those who are in the dark in our com­mu­ni­ties to help im­prove their lives as we as­pire to be In­doda Yo­qoba (real men),” con­cluded Mankayi.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

MAK­ING A DIF­FER­ENCE: From left, Thu­lani Bukani, Limisa Ketile, Thu­lani Mankayi and Dalux­olo Papu of the Amath­ole Dis­trict Amadoda Fo­rum at the work­shop ti­tled ‘Breast Can­cer Aware­ness – Even in Men’

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