Stephaine Van Deveuter joined us in studio to talk about Reach For Recovery, which is the oldest Breast Cancer Support group in South Africa. The Organisation began in the US and moved to South Africa in 1967. It is a non-medical group that focuses on emotionally supporting women diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer in South Africa, and yet most women do not know how to check their health. Stephanie told us that the easiest examination that comes at no cost is a lump examination, which you can perform on yourself or which a doctor in a clinic can perform. Even if there is a lump, 9/10 times, the lump is benign, meaning that it is not cancer.
If indeed the diagnosis shows that breast cancer is present, Reach For Recovery supports women through their treatment. Some women need a mastectomy where one or both of their breasts is surgically removed. This can be an emotionally traumatising procedure, so Reach For Recovery provides support counselors. These counselors are cancer survivors themselves who can connect with the emotions that current patients are experiencing.
In addition to supporting and guiding diagnosed women, Reach For Recovery also provides free silicone prosthesis breast replacements for women who cannot afford them themselves. The programme is called the ditto Prosthesis Project where the proceeds from mushroom bundles from Pick n Pay go towards the cost of the breast replacements.
To learn more or get involved with Reach For Recovery, visit the website www.reach4recovery.org.za or follow the facebook page: Reach for Recovery SA
Presenter: Mkhuseli Khusi Veto
Producer: Sophie Breck