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Algoa FM’s Big Walk for Cancer 2018 brings new tool to Eastern Cape in the fight against cancer

By Jesica Slabbert - Mar 5, 2019
Algoa FM’s Big Walk for Cancer 2018 brings new tool to Eastern Cape in the fight against cancer

The Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer has been working with the people of Nelson Mandela Bay in an effort to raise funds to help fight against cancer for more than 20 years now.

Last year, the Big Walk saw its biggest sea of pink yet, with more than 13 000 participants, raising a record R500 000.

The funds raised have allowed the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) in the Eastern Cape to purchase the province’s first portable FotoFinder Mole Analyser.

The official handover even was hosted on Monday at The Boardwalk International Convention Centre.

FotoFinder Mole Analyser will aid the Eastern Cape in the fight against cancer

The FotoFinder is a mole-mapping device that can examine moles and help lower the risk of skin cancer. Every client that has suspicious skin damage is referred for an intensive skin evaluation.

“It’s with great pleasure for me to extend our deepest thanks to2018 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer for the support and generous financial contribution to the CANSA Care Centre in the Eastern Cape,” said Gavin Kester, Divisional Manager of CANSA Eastern Cape.

The portable mole analyser will be used by CANSA for screening throughout the province, including companies and government workplaces.

“One in every three cancers diagnosed globally is skin cancer. South Africa has one of the highest monitored ultra violet (UV) levels in the world, resulting in one of the highest skin cancer rates on the planet,” Gavin explained.

It is a common misconception that people with darker skin are immune to the effects of skin cancer. Recent research from the United States has shown that while black people are less likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer than white people, they are more likely to die from it.

“This is largely because they are only diagnosed with skin cancer when it has already reached an advanced stage. But the FotoFinder Mole Analyser will help us to detect warning signs on all skin types at an early stage,” said Gavin.

The remaining funds raised from the Big Walk are being donated to the CANSA Care Home in Port Elizabeth, which provides accommodation to cancer patients who are undergoing treatment and to Heatherbank Pre-Primary School for their ball skills programme.

R50 000 of the funds raised will be going towards building a netball field and purchasing netball hoops and balls for the students of Heatherbank Pre-Primary School.

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