Cancer remains a burden to the global community. In Namibia more than 3 700 countrymen and –women are diagnosed with this diseases annually.
Women remain most affected with breast- and cervical cancer taking the lead in prevalence figures.
2014 – 558 Breast Cancer & 302 Cervical Cancer cases
2015 – 545 Breast Cancer & 295 Cervical Cancer cases
2016 – 542 Breast Cancer Cases & 227 Cervical Cases already recorded and we are only at 80% completeness!
In 2014, 3 375 cancer cases were recorded to the National Cancer Registry with an additional +/- 500 cases that could not be recorded due to lack of data to build a case file.
In 2015, we recorded 3 594 cases of new cancer diagnoses with another +/- 350 cases that could not be recorded due to poor data quality.
The spirit of Ubuntu teaches us the “I am, because we are” and when the individuals of a community is strong and healthy, the collective can thrive!
The 2018 Hats & Roses event has the aim to share the message of hope that although cancer is real, we can make a difference in the course of this disease, by taking hands and standing together as one.
During the morning of hope, we will share a new “pay-it-forward” initiative where we encourage ladies to build a network of hope and support a fellow Namibian mother, daughter and sister, and help pay for preventative screening to fight cancer.
Too often we live in the silo mentally and think only about our own little island – when, if we decided to pay it forward at only a N$100 a month, one women can impact the life 17 other Namibian women who cannot afford screening for breast and cervical cancer.