Laying down the challenge

Pupils demonstrate how to do a breast self-examination.

AZ Berman High School in Tafelsig is challenging their peers at other Mitchell’s Plain schools to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Staff came dressed in pink and during assembly pupils were shown how to do breast self-examinations by Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) representatives on Friday October 28.

Marlene Oliver, life orientation head of department at the school, told the Plainsman high school is the right platform to bring awareness about these and other social and health issues. The pupils were challenged to spread the word about breast cancer, to encourage the women in their lives to get tested and that there is support for people living with the disease.

Grade 9 pupil Nawaal Francis, from Eastville Heights, said: “Everyone should go for the test. It is important – no matter who you are, you can have it and there is a cure for early detection.”

Cansa urges women and female cancer survivors to encourage one another to adopt a balanced lifestyle; and to go for regular screenings in order to reduce their cancer risk or the recurrence of cancer and to detect cancer early.