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'Virtual Walk coming for breast cancer awareness'

THE Tanzania Breast Cancer Foundation (TBCF) has organised a two-day Virtual Walk event aimed at creating awareness about breast cancer which is affecting many people globally.

The walk which has been set on October 24th to 25th this year will be conducted countrywide whereby groups of individuals and corporates willing to partake will organise themselves from their own territories to walk while at the same time, providing the needed awareness to the public.

Briefing the 'Daily News' about the event expected to attract almost 1000 participants, was the foundation's Head of Programmes Irene Mpangile who said engaging in sport activities is among the best ways to fight Breast Cancer.

"Doing body exercises, eating healthily and regular checkups are among the top means capable to fight Breast Cancer that is why for the first time we have come up with the Virtual Walk in order to reach many people around the country.

"Next year, we plan to organise a marathon in Dar es Salaam while Virtual Walks will continue to be practiced in various regions across the country for the purpose of updating people about this disease," she said.

Adding, Mpangile noted that Breast Cancer is the second type of cancer after Cervical Cancer which is affecting more women in the country hence a desire to drum up more about the disease and possible means to repeal it.

To the other side of the coin, Mpangile disclosed that the Virtual Walk will also be used as a platform to source funds to support fighters (patients) and survivors of Breast Cancer.

According to her, the theme for the Virtual Walk is 'Early Detection Save Lives' while underscoring that lack of adequate knowledge about Breast Cancer between men and women is the main cause for its rapid spread.

She also narrated that through the upcoming two-day event, they will also be fighting against stigma directed to people suffering from Cervical and Breast Cancers.

A million people are expected to pay their ...

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Author: BENJAMIN BEN

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