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Thank Goodness CANSA Taught me the Signs!

Thobekile Khuzwayo (23 years old):

“I was 21 years old and a Social Work Intern at CANSA Durban, doing my 3rd level field placement in 2017. My field placement was for a month and I was exposed to cancer related materials during this time. Some of the most significant materials to me were women’s health posters and pamphlets.

I also had an opportunity to attend a Reach for Recovery volunteer training programme where I also learned more about breast cancer. I learned how to do breast self-examinations and got into the habit of checking my breasts regularly.

In late 2017, while doing my routine breast examination, I felt a lump on my left breast. I visited my doctor, who referred me to a surgeon for further assessment. The surgeon performed a biopsy in January 2018, by the grace of God, the tests done showed that the lump was not cancerous.

If I had not been exposed to health education materials at CANSA, I would not have known how to do a breast self-examination and get into the habit of doing it regularly.”

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