“PinkDrive saved my life,” said breast cancer survivor
It was in 2017 when Ntando Nyawose, 44, found out through a mammogram that she had stage 2 breast cancer.
Nyawose said she had felt an uncomfortable pain in her left breast but ignored it.
“I had told my mom about the lump and she suggested that I take it seriously. My sister was going to the PinkDrive and had suggested I get a mammogram. It was then confirmed that I had stage 2 breast cancer,” said Nyawose.
Nyawose thanks PinkDrive for saving her life.
“Had I not done the mammogram I would have found out at a later stage where the damage would have been irreversible. It is so easy to ignore the pain but as women we need to take these things very seriously. No matter how scary it is, just get it done. You would rather be safe than sorry,” she said.
The PinkDrive team will be in Durban offering free cancer services to the medically uninsured at the Durban North Pick’n Pay Pharmacy on the 10th of October.
The aim is to provide cancer screening and support services. Janice Benecke who is a part of the PinkDrive team, said they will be partnering up with the National Department of Social Development (DSD) and the National Department of health (DoH).
“We want to assist the public and offer our services to the less fortunate who otherwise find it difficult to get these services, so we decided that we would be taking our truck to them,” Benecke said.
The event is open to all communities.
“PinkDrive will be offering services including mammograms for ladies over the age of 40, prostate testing on men over the age of 40, breast examinations and education breast cancer, cervical cancer screening, general medical inquiries and referral and follow up,” she said.
Benecke said services offered by the Department of Social Development and Department of Health include Covid-19 screening and testing, HIV, Sexual Transmitted Diseases and TB Services.
“Not showing up to support cancer patients when they need it the most is not an option. The problem is so enormous that I would like to suggest we divide and conquer to solve it together,” Benecke said.