In bid to continue with the breast cancer awareness , Think Pink Malawi organization has advised women in the country to be proactive with issues that concern their health.
Think Pink Founder, former Miss Malawi Blandina Mlenga Khondowe who is a breast cancer survivor, said in an interview that it is high time women started being conscious about their health following the outbreak of different cancers including cervical cancer and breast cancer which are currently claiming lives of many women in Malawi.
The former beauty queen said women who have been diagnosed with cancer should not worry as Cancer diagnosis does not equal to death as there is quality life after cancer.
She also urged all Malawians to work hand in hand with government in sensitizing people about breast cancer saying there is lack of awareness and adequate diagnostic tests for the breast cancer.
“During my cancer diagnosis and treatment, I discovered that there were huge gaps with regard to treatment and awareness which is why I together with 11 passionate friends established Think Pink Malawi organization whose aim is to educate the public on the importance of early detection as breast cancer that is detected is much easier to treat and the chances of survival are high.
“As an activist, I believe the best way is to collaborate with government in order to bring more awareness to the nation on breast cancer whilst advocating for complete treatment for the disease. So I am happy to share that Hope for Cancer Foundation has been registered as a trust whose aim is to lobby for complete treatment of all cancers that affect Malawians as government still sends people abroad for treatment which is very costly,” Kondowe noted.
She also said Government can do more as Malawi lacks adequate facilities and capabilities for treatment.
Kondowe said according to statistics from the Ministry of Health, cervical cancer is the number one killer of Malawian women while on the other hand there is not enough statistics to show about breast cancer because of poor systems on the ground though there are a lot of cases in Malawi as well as worldwide.
Think Pink was established in 2013 and through all these years it has been working hand in hand with UN Women, Press Trust, Airtel Malawi, Standard Bank and Nation Publications Limited (NPL) to raise awareness on breast cancer.