MASERU — Masoai Mokone Dannis, Breast Cancer Network founder, said women are still scared to test for breast cancer because of fear of death or their breasts being removed if diagnosed with breast cancer.
Dannis explained this during an interview with this paper. She said this preparing for the Annual Pink Banquet that took place at a local hotel in Maseru on Friday evening, where she further explained that the banquet happens every year in October worldwide. October is dedicated to cancer awareness. Dannis said the awareness had since started in other countries but in Lesotho it was launched in 2008.
“The network tries to encourage women to test for breast cancer regularly for early treatment if it is found”, Dannis said. Women are also encouraged to spread information about breast cancer and talk about it as much as they can so that people can understand what it is and the precautions that need to be followed.
She added that cancer is a dangerous and very stubborn disease if not treated early because it spreads throughout the whole body and in some situations chemotherapy cannot arrest it.
“We want to encourage people to break the silence and take the step forward by starting to test for the safety of their lives”, she said. Dannis further said that though some people still fear to test while others are just ignorant to test, since the establishment of the network until today they have seen the positive impact of people wanting to test for cancer.
“We are now working with organisations who would call us to their offices to help test for breast cancer and we do it for free”. She concluded by urging people to go to clinics and hospitals for early detection and early treatment.
“If a person is found with breast cancer, we have to be brave enough and stop fearing because that fear is the one that will lead to dead in the end.”