Prevention, early diagnosis, and access to treatment are key to saving lives
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer according to the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). At present 1 in every 27 women in South Africa could develop breast cancer, however with early diagnosis and swift treatment, most women can survive it.
This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Star FM interviewed Dr Nirasha Chiranjan, a radiation oncologist, Icon Oncology network oncologist and part of the DMO of group on oncologists in Gauteng. She consults at the Ahmed Kathrada Cancer Institute, Sandton Oncology and the West Rand Oncology Centre and is part of a team of eight oncologists that consult at the DMO locations.
Dr Chiranjan spoke to Nicole da Silva on her show, the Silva Edition about the prevention, early detection, and access to treatment. She highlights the importance of ‘knowing yourself’, doing regular self-examinations and when to seek professional medical advice. Dr Chiranjan explains the different diagnostic methods and scans medical experts use to diagnose breast cancer and when to start going for regular mammograms.
Click here to listen to her interview to learn more and equip yourself with the knowledge that can save lives.
Awareness begins with our willingness to speak openly on topics that we previously felt ashamed to talk about. Breast cancer is the most invasive cancer affecting women of South Africa. If you or anyone you know needs support in this area, please don’t hesitate to contact us.