Malawi will on Saturday join the global community in commemorating October as the Breast Cancer Month to raise awareness on the importance of early diagnosis of the disease among women.
To commemorate the month, Think Pink has organised free screening for women in Lilongwe’s Area 23 this Saturday where medical doctors will be on site.
Speaking in Lilongwe on Tuesday after receiving a donation of K1.5 million ($2,727) from Airtel Malawi, Think
Pink founder Blandina Kondowe, a cancer survivor and former Miss Malawi, said breast cancer is preventable, hence the need to engage the community through public events.
She said unlike the myth going around that cancer is a terminal illness, some cases of cancer such as breast cancer can be easily cured.
Kondowe said many women have survived breast cancer if it is diagonised and treated early.
During the event, women will undergo mammogram, the screening test for breast cancer.
Airtel Malawi corporate social responsibility manager Norah Chavula said health is a key component of the mobile phone network operator, hence the assistance to Think Pink.
She said: “It is not right that mothers should be dying of cancer because of late detection. We hope through this donation, we are saving the lives of some mothers.”
Think Pink was established in 2014 as a local non-governmental organisation to raise awareness on breast cancer and encourage early screening among the less privileged women in the country.