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OC­TO­BER is Cancer Aware­ness Month where we re­mem­ber to sup­port those who are af­fected and in­fected by this ill­ness. For many years, cancer was an ill­ness that was lit­tle un­der­stood and not much could be done to curb it. But things have changed and med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy has got­ten bet­ter so there are ways in which the ill­ness can be de­tected and treated. We are al­ways ad­vised to do tests such as pap smears and breast ex­ams to make sure that we do not have the ill­ness, but we take this for granted un­til the day that we are di­ag­nosed. It is very reck­less to do this be­cause cancer is not a death sen­tence any more.

That’s why it is very im­por­tant to pay at­ten­tion to such things be­cause not do­ing the test works against all ef­forts that are be­ing done to help fight the ill­ness. I know some peo­ple who were not able to win the bat­tle against cancer and suc­cumbed to the dreaded ill­ness.

But I also know peo­ple who suc­cess­fully beat cancer and got their lives back de­spite how dif­fi­cult the jour­ney was. If you have been di­ag­nosed with cancer and feel like this is the end, re­mem­ber cancer sur­vivors such as ac­tress Lil­ian Dube, Nel­son Man­dela’s grand­daugh­ter Zoleka Man­dela and ac­tress Mbali Maphumulo who had to bat­tle breast cancer twice and beat it.

Brave ra­dio pre­sen­ter, Xolani Gwala, re­cently re­vealed that he is fight­ing colon cancer and with the sup­port he is get­ting, it’s clear that it’s pos­si­ble to fight the ill­ness to­gether. So if you suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease or some­one you love is in­fected, know that there is al­ways hope.

It will not al­ways be easy and you will not feel like your­self while going through heal­ing, but beat­ing cancer will be worth it at the end of the day. It is also im­por­tant for those of us who are not per­son­ally in­fected to re­mem­ber that in times of ill­ness, our sup­port is mostly needed. Just a kind word, a visit in hos­pi­tal or bringing a home

Nonzwi cooked meal could make a huge dif­fer­ence to their lives. Let us beat cancer to­gether. Take care, un­til next week!

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