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Free virtual breast cancer awareness talk

by Tania Griffin

In a commitment to improving healthcare accessibility, Zarcare, a prominent telemedicine provider, has partnered with the University of the Western Cape to present a free online health talk aimed at raising awareness about breast cancer. This event is taking place this coming Saturday, 21 October 2023.

The session aims to not only raise awareness but also include a practical demonstration of self-examination and guidance for patients on when to seek medical attention. 

Breast cancer is a national health priority, with rising incidence rates in South Africa where 1 in 27 women is at risk (2019 National Cancer Registry). Even though healthcare services are offered to citizens by our overburdened health department, the financial and time constraints of travelling to local clinics creates significant barriers for vulnerable communities, leading to overall poorer health outcomes.  

According to the South African Department of Health, cancer stands as the second leading cause of mortality, second to heart disease. While relatively rare, breast cancer can affect men, too. It is imperative that individuals are educated on proactive breast health, as knowledge and especially early detection can save lives.

Zarcare’s online platform empowers members to access quality healthcare services remotely from anywhere, aligning with its mission to make healthcare accessible and convenient for all South Africans.

Annie Gwerengwe, founder and managing director of Zarcare, states: “We’ve meticulously curated this session to offer valuable insights into breast health and cancer. Our esteemed panel of speakers will share their expertise, research findings and practical advice to enhance an understanding of these critical health topics.”

The virtual session promises to be both informative and enlightening as experts share advice not only on when to consult a medical practitioner but also on improving overall health and well-being after a breast cancer diagnosis. Speakers will include general practitioner Dr Karla Talbot; specialist wellness counsellor Liesl Townsend; medical doctor and breast cancer researcher Professor Sahar Sabdul-Rasool; and breast cancer survivor Kashifa Smith.  

Passionate about primary healthcare and wellness, Dr Talbot will discuss screening methods available for breast cancer. Townsend, registered with the South African Council for Social Service Professions, will focus on the emotional and psychological challenges individuals with breast cancer often encounter. Prof. Sabdul-Rasool, from the University of the Western Cape, will discuss recent advancements in breast cancer diagnosis and treatments, and Smith will share her inspiring 13-year journey of overcoming breast cancer, aiming to provide hope and encouragement to those currently battling the disease.

Event details:

  • Date: Saturday, 21 October 2023
  • Time: 10h00 to 10h30 
  • Cost: Free for registered individuals
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Registration link:

Zarcare’s mission is to empower individuals to take control of their own well-being. As part of its ongoing commitment to making healthcare accessible, affordable and convenient for all South Africans, Zarcare will host regular discussions addressing various crucial healthcare themes – free of charge to all registered users.

Gwerengwe concludes, “As a medical services provider, Zarcare recognises the importance of sharing knowledge, experiences and information for the betterment of a healthy society.”

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