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Actress Lillian Dube Cancer Survivor

Popular actress Lillian Dube, who underwent surgery for breast cancer in 2008, has used her experience to spread awareness about the disease.

The bubbly and outspoken actress is renowned for her role as the matriarch and matron Sister Bettina of the health communications drama Soul City.

Lillian, who also stars in Muvhango, underwent surgery and chemotherapy.

“My cancer was discovered in a routine check up.  In fact the first mammogram didn’t pick it up.  It was only when I went again a few weeks later that the radiographer noticed it.  I was sent for a biopsy which revealed the cancerous cells.  Because early detection is key, I appeal to women over the age of 40 to go for annual mammograms.

“My sister in law tried non standard treatment and unfortunately passed away from breast cancer.  I have decided to go the medical route for treatment as I don’t want to use untried and untested alternatives.”

CANSA representatives provided her with support including a Cancer Coping Kit.  A Reach for Recovery volunteer gave her counselling and support before and after her surgery.


  • puseletso monethi says:

    i was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. mme Lilian is my inspiration she gave strength to fight. im cancer free and would love to help others who are struggling through this. im only 34 and i feel like i have lost everything to cancer.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Puseletso

      It is wonderful that Lillian has inspired you to keep fighting and that you are cancer free. Please read info here so that you can continue to receive encouragment:

      Don’t allow cancer to make you feel that you have lost everything. Everything you have learnt through your illness can be valuable in supporting others struggling with cancer or raising awareness in your community. You will have great insight and compassion with regards to cancer patients’ struggles. You also have a 2nd chance at living life to the full.

      Please contact your local CANSA Care Centre for support or counselling if you need, or to express your wish to volunteer and help others battling cancer – see contact details here:

      See FAQ’s for CANSA Volunteers here:

  • mpumi sithebe says:

    Mom Lillian you are such an inspiration to me. I was dIagnosed with breast cancer in Jan 2014. Am now going through chemotherapy. I wish to meet you one day. Regards Mpumi Sithebe

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