Motorcycle club drives ‘pink’ initiative

Residents who attended were grateful to both organisers for the initiative.

The Revolution Motorcycle Club teamed up with Pink Drive to help create breast cancer awareness among women in the community and conducted free mammograms and pap smears at the Nelson Mandela Chatsworth Youth Centre, last Thursday.

Free examinations by professional nurses were conducted in the Pink Drive mobile clinic, which travels throughout the country conducting breast cancer examinations and providing education. They also teach residents how to do self-examinations and how to prevent breast cancer.

At the clinic, residents underwent a clinical breast examination and had free mammograms and pap smears done. Mammograms are x-rays of the breast tissue that are also used to detect abnormal breast masses.  Pap smears detect for signs of cervical cancer. Head nurse of the medical team, Merne Ogle said that breast cancer among South African women is increasing and it is one of the most common cancers people are diagnosed with.

“We partnered with the Revolution Motorcycle Club as a part of our Mandela Day initiative and provided free examinations and tests to residents so that they have an opportunity to learn about breast cancer. Early detection can save lives and it is important for people to know the signs and symptoms.

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Breast exams should be done every two to three years for women between 21 and 39. If you are 40 years old or older, it is recommended that you do annual breast exams. Women with a family history of cancer are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Pink Drive greatly encourages ‘breast self awareness’ and we also taught women how to do self examinations,” she added.

Welbedacht resident, Sharon Rahman, said she thanks the organisers for the great initiative. “I was due for a pap smear in 2012 and a mammogram in 2013 but was told that the machines at RK Khan Hospital were not working. I am grateful for the opportunity to have the tests done at the youth centre. The people running the centre are doing an amazing job and I wish them all the best,” she said.

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Yoshini Perumal
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