THE University of Zimbabwe (UZ) organised a breast cancer awareness campaign to educate the community about the disease and honour those who have lost their lives to it.
Educational materials were distributed and expert speakers shared their knowledge and personal experiences to emphasise the importance of early detection, prevention and treatment options.
UZ director of health services, Dr Enock Mayida, emphasised the importance of regular medical check-ups in catching cancerous cells early and treating them.
“Students must be aware of medical problems that can harm the body. Inasmuch as they pursue their academics, they need to protect the body that harbours the academic intellect.
“You might have the knowledge and vision, but without a healthy body, you will not be productive,” said Dr Mayida.
UZ health services matron, Girley Nyabeze, said the campaign also aimed to raise awareness among male students, as breast cancer can occur in men as well as women.
“Men do not frequently visit the clinic, but through this campaign we educate them that breast cancer can also attack men,” said Nyabeze.
A student, Chidochaishe Masiwa, said:
“I learnt so much about the importance of cancer awareness and early detection. It was good to see the university community coming together to support this important cause.
“The campaign inspired me to take proactive steps in my life and spread awareness among my peers. Together we can make a difference in the fight against this disease”.