Dakar, Senegal (MAT) – T2200 FREE MAMMOGRAMS TO SENEGALESE WOMEN. The Senegalese League Against Cancer (LISCA) will offer 2,200 subsidized mammograms to Senegalese women during this year’s “Pink October” campaign, it was reported Thursday by president, Dr. Fatma Guénoune.
“Since 2010, we have been organizing ‘Pink October’ to raise awareness about breast cancer.We had, at first, subsidize 600 mammography vouchers, last year we had 2,000 vouchers, and by 2018 we plan to subsidize 2,200 coupons in Dakar and in the regions, “she said.
The LISCA will offer women free mammograms, x-ray examinations of the breast, assured Fatma Guénoune at the launch, Thursday, in Dakar, of the annual communication campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer screening.
A “mass screening day” will take place Saturday, October 6, in Dakar, as part of the campaign.
“We are inviting women to be screened because screening can detect very small tumors that can be treated without removing the breast,” she said.
“Cancer is treatable if it is detected early, which is why we encourage women to come for mammography screening,” insisted LISCA president, adding that breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women.
“One thousand people” invited by the LISCA will come to constitute the pink ribbon symbolizing the campaign “Pink October”, “which demonstrates a citizen commitment “, according to Fatma Guénoune.
“The involvement of civil society is a very important element in the prevention (…) of cancer,” said Amadou Ndoye, technical advisor to the Minister of Health and Social Action, who came to represent the latter at the launch of the campaign.
In addition to the “mass screening day”, the LISCA has planned to organize for “Pink October” 2018 “a hiking awareness”, which will take place in Dakar, as well as other activities in Diourbel and Khombole ( center).