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Breast Cancer: 'early detection saves lives'

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 08 August 2018   |   By Keitebe Kgosikebatho
Journey of Hope Botswana members posing for a photograph at the Tropic of Capricon Journey of Hope Botswana members posing for a photograph at the Tropic of Capricon

The annual Journey of Hope Botswana ‘Big Journey’ is back on the road on the 9th August 2018 and this time around the ‘pink’ entourage‘s will tour the  Kweneng district.

“Every year for the past eight years, we have travelled on pink scooters throughout Botswana (including Shakawe, Maun, Kasane, Pandamatenga, Sefophe, Palapye, Lobatse, Ghanzi and Kang) in order to spread breast cancer awareness because ‘early detection can save lives," said Onica Lekuntwane, Journey of Hope Botswana Public Relations Manager.

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The pink scooters and vehicles will depart from Mugg & Bean restaurant in Sebele Mall Gaborone early in the morning   on Thursday next week (9th August) for Lentsweletau where their mission will commence later on that morning. The journey will then proceed to Kopong later on in the afternoon same day. Other places that are to be visited in the Kweneng district include Hatsalatladi, Molepolole, Takatokwane, Letlhakeng, Thamaga, Kumakwane and Mmankgodi. Different places are chosen annually for the journey

Lekuntwane appeals to members of the public to join them in order to get an opportunity to see what they do, first hand. Participants of the Big journey comprises of a team of 33 (doctors, nurses and support crew- some of whom are cancer survivors), and everybody contributes to spreading awareness message on breast cancer, get many people checked, reassured or referred within the allocated clinic times.

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They journey will end in Gaborone on the 15th of August and an arrival event will be held at the Town Lodge in Gaborone. “We leave Molepolole for Gaborone at 14h30 on Wednesday 15 August. On arrival in Gaborone we have invited our sponsors, friends and families to welcome us back,” said Lekuntwane.

According to Lekuntwane, through assistance from their sponsors ( KOMATSU, Bokamoso Private Hospital and AFRICSI) they are able to pay for ultrasounds, mammographs, biopsies and other breast related tests for any woman (and men)  that are referred  by their doctor during the Big Journey. “This is a big opportunity to provide   quick and free assistance, and allow those who test positive for breast cancer to access treatment early.

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The response from all the places the have so far according to Lekuntwane has been good as in all the places including those in far flung areas all came in numbers to get checked and heed to everything else that the Journey of Hope had to offer.



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