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#AORTIC African Cancer Leaders Institute Institut Africain des Leaders en Cancérologie

#AORTIC African Cancer Leaders Institute Institut Africain des Leaders en Cancérologie

The goal of the AORTIC African Cancer Leaders Institute (ACLI) is to develop the next generation of leaders in cancer research, advocacy, education, policy, and clinical practice in Africa. The ACLI will develop activities for individuals who commit to provide leadership in cancer for Africa.

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Sail On Silver Girl - Mmathapelo (33) Metastatic Breast Cancer (06/07/2013)

Sail On Silver Girl - Mmathapelo (33) Metastatic Breast Cancer (06/07/2013)

Breast cancer interrupted my life 7 years ago. (A month after my 37th birthday). Breast cancer has again cast its dark shadow on my life. Breast cancer has stolen my and has AGAIN left me reflecting on how privileged I am to be alive – survived my cancer and heart disease diagnoses when an increasing number of my fellow Black young women are perishing before their 37th birthdays.

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Mission: Mainstream African Women's Lived Breast Cancer Experience

Mission: Mainstream African Women's Lived Breast Cancer Experience

Kwanele Asante-Shongwe, formerly Molebatsi Pooe-Shongwe, is a young African breast cancer patient on a mission to mainstream the stories of indigent African women with breast cancer.

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Please help me lead the way to the end of breast cancer

Please help me lead the way to the end of breast cancer

Welcome to #1MudBrick. THIS is my personal heartfelt & BOLD vision to change the breast cancer dialogue in Africa by embarking on a trip to Washington, DC, in 27 DAYS. I have 20 DAYS to raise US$2200. I NEED YOUR HELP.

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"Our DEMOCRACY is still YOUNG and FRAGILE" Minister cautions.

"Our DEMOCRACY is still YOUNG and FRAGILE" Minister cautions.

Minister Collins Chabane delivered the key note speech at the President Award Dinner in Sandton last night and recalled how he became a REBEL at age 6.

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Limpopo Government wants to SILENCE your VOICE. Section 27 DISAGREES

Limpopo Government wants to SILENCE your VOICE. Section 27 DISAGREES

BreastSens Project DIGNITY is allied with SECTION 27 in ensuring that ALL South Africans, especially grassroots communities, UNDERSTAND their SOCIO-ECONOMIC Rights. EDUCATION is CRITICAL to our new VOICE=CHOICE=LIFE national DIALOGUE of TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY. speak UP!

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BreastSens Project DIGNITY makes history with NBCC Deadline 2020 lobby on CAPITOL HILL, Washington DC

BreastSens Project DIGNITY makes history with NBCC Deadline 2020 lobby on CAPITOL HILL, Washington DC

BreastSens Project DIGNITY joined the NBCC Deadline 2020 lobby on CAPITOL HILL in May 2012. We have been HEARD and are SUPPORTED by WASHINGTON.

"Well Behaved Women RARELY Make History" - (Laurel Thatcher Laurel Thatcher - 1976 Pulitzer Prize)

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Cancer in South Africa - TAC, Section 27 and BreastSens link up in new social struggle

Cancer in South Africa - TAC, Section 27 and BreastSens link up in new social struggle

The opportunity to survive CANCER should not be an accident of geography. YES IT IS...

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Confessions of the Republic of India

Confessions of the Republic of India

Public Health has been modern India’s biggest failure. If the Republic of India actually knelt at a confessional, what would she say to the people India? Here we go.

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Dear EdgarsSA. A special Mother's Day Request: Restore breast cancer patient + your employee Patient H's DIGNITY

Dear EdgarsSA. A special Mother's Day Request: Restore breast cancer patient + your employee Patient H's DIGNITY

Last September, the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) said, “Enough!” Enough of the incremental progress. Enough of the awareness campaigns. Enough of relying on hope as a strategy for ending breast cancer. BreastSens went with the NBCC to Capitol Hill 3 days ago to lobby for CHANGE.

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Lessons from the HIV/Aids movement: Cancer patients know & enforce your medical rights

Lessons from the HIV/Aids movement: Cancer patients know & enforce your medical rights

What happened to the people's voices. I grew up in the 1970s in a dusty township called Montshioa (in Mahikeng. The unttared streets were lined with two roomed houses with minimal water and toilet services. Everyone in the hood was poor. Education was religion. Mothers told us children that the only way out of this apartheid enforced poverty was through education. Young men sold apples and oranges to raise money for school fees. The neighborhood bought and to support their dreams of escape. 17 years post democracy. Where has the "Simunye" (were are one) spirit gone? Poverty and diseases like CANCER are messing with us. Yet we are SILENT.

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Reclaiming women's bodies. Reclaiming our disease. Deadlybreast cancer

Reclaiming women's bodies. Reclaiming our disease. Deadlybreast cancer

Dear National Health Official (name withheld)

BreastSens abhors the continued victimization of women facing a life-threatening disease by merchants and we take strong exception that Playtex (National Billboard Campaign – October 2011) will seek to sell brassieres and panties. This campaign also showed crass objectification of women’s bodies in a nation challenged by a scourge of Domestic Violence. Many women still battle for body autonomy in our patriarchal Black communities with to regard to breast amputation. It is therefore, lamentable that an organization like CANSA would adopt this degrading image as a public campaign for breast cancer which is a lead cause of cancer related deaths for women in our country.

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A patient advocate's view : myopic Corporate Social Investment (CSI)

A patient advocate's view : myopic Corporate Social Investment (CSI)

Focused and strategic approaches to social issue redress are useful. But silo solutions myopia is dismally counter-productive.

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Drug safety debates: African patients largely in the dark

Drug safety debates: African patients largely in the dark

I have just read breast cancer specialist, Dr. Susan Love's latest blog about the FDA's decision to revoke the licence for Avastin. She sets out in a clear manner the body of scientific evidence that shows that the drug is not effective for the purpose it was developed to achieve.

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Soweto's Budding Patient Advocate: Itumeleng Letoaba

Soweto's Budding Patient Advocate: Itumeleng Letoaba

Itumeleng (33) is a a young breast cancer survivor from Diepkloof, Soweto. We met almost 2 years ago when she was first diagnosed and I witnessed her resilience, dignity and compassion for others while she underwent treatment. Her spirit inspired me and she shares with us her journey with breast cancer. (Story as written by her).

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The pink ribbon campaign masks a relentless killer

The pink ribbon campaign masks a relentless killer

I am a 5 year "survivor" according to survival statistic traditionally used by policy-makers, advocates and the media. The truth is, survival statistics do not accurately portray the impact of breast cancer as accurately as mortality statistics do.

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Breastless in a world of cleavage

Breastless in a world of cleavage

Breasts. Long hair. Luscious lips. Slim = The beauty ideal in our narcissist world. Breast cancer the cunning interloper, enters and upsets this male created and media peddled utopia. Pandemonium. Myths abound. Then a mantra: "Regular Breast Self Exams Save Lives". Pretty delicate ribbons, mugs, tea-shirts mushroom everywhere. A lucrative new industry thrives. Research is slowly in progress to find a cause and a cure. Women wait. Die. Pink October...

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Ain't Nothing Pretty About October Pink Mania

Ain't Nothing Pretty About October Pink Mania

There are many myths and misunderstandings about breast cancer. in order to make meaningful progress toward saving lives and ending breast cancer, we need to understand the disease at all levels.

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