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Hundreds participates in a march against Cancer in Tlokwe

Potchefstroom - A festive and emotional assembly of hundreds of health activists, cancer survivors and supporters descended in Ikageng Stadium in Potchefstroom on Friday, 12 August 2016, to participate in a march aimed at sensitizing communities about dangers of Cancer.

The cancer awareness march is an initiative by Health Professionals of South Africa (HPSA), The Cancer Association of South Africa and North West University working with the Department of Health in the Province to boost awareness of ways to prevent cancer and detect the disease at its earliest stages, when treatments are most successful
Over three-hundred and fifty participants walked for over two hours from Ikageng stadium to Potchefstroom town to support cancer education and promote awareness.
Cancer remains one of most fatal diseases in the whole world if not detected early and treated.
According to estimates from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in 2012 there were 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer deaths worldwide. By 2030, the global burden is expected to grow to 21.7 million new cancer cases and 13 million cancer deaths simply due to the growth and aging of the population.
Speaking during the march, HPSA Chairperson Mzukisi Jam said the march seeks to elevate awareness and encourages hope for those struggling with the disease and to encourage people to go and test for cancer before it is too late.
"We are happy as HPSA to work in collaboration with the Department of Health and other organization such as CANSA and North West University. Ours as a non-governmental organization is to work with government to educate communities about the dangers of cancer and other diseases, and to encourage people to go for tests in order to prevent and get treated if there is a disease," said Jam. 
Breast Cancer survivor Ziphora Rampete from Ikageng walked for two hours with other participants to share her experience with others.
She was diagnosed with stage two of cancer in February 2012. She said acceptance is key in dealing with the disease.
"I am grateful for my family's support; they gave me strength. I managed to beat cancer because of their support and I hope this awareness march will make a difference and that one day this disease will go away.
Rampete had a special message to those suffering from cancer. "To all those who are going in and out of hospital because of cancer, I want to say to them, if I survived cancer, they can survive too, together we can beat cancer," said Rampete 
In his message of support MEC for Helath Dr Magome Masike said he is pleased by the initiative of Health Care Professionals of South Africa (HPCSA), CANSA and the North West University.  "As government and the Department of Health in particular, we can never overcome the burden of disease alone.  We need a multi-sectoral approach and mass mobilization of our people at all levels to overcome this challenge.  Our participation as partners in this march will go a long way in contributing to a united people who join hands and walk together in the fight against diseases".
"Early detection increases the chance of curing cancer. Pain can be relieved and health care provided to all patients and their families, even in low-resource settings.
The early detection and appropriate treatment are the most important steps to diagnose childhood cancer including adult cancer. This will enable you and me to save thousands of children’s lives year in and out," said MEC Dr Magome Masike
Masike encouraged community members to visits health facilities in the province for free cancer screening.

Issued by: Department of Health, North West Provincial Government
Tebogo Lekgethwane
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